Chicago Cubs: David Bell

Cubs argue in dugout ... again

September, 17, 2013
9/17/13
11:29
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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MILWAUKEE -- Maybe it's just a coincidence or maybe it's the result of a long, rough year for the Chicago Cubs, but for the second consecutive night a coach and player had heated words in the dugout mid-game.

On Tuesday night, during the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and third base/defensive coach David Bell argued about defensive alignment. On Monday pitcher Edwin Jackson and manager Dale Sveum exchanged words.

"They were screaming a little bit on a strategy," Sveum said of Tuesday's incident.

It happened after the Brewers batted in the bottom of the sixth. Norichika Aoki opened the inning with a triple past Anthony Rizzo at first base. Rizzo was playing off the bag.

Both Samardzija and Bell downplayed the incident.

"We were just talking strategy," Samardzija said. "Some mid-game stuff. ... It's competitive dudes, man. Trying to win a game."

Said Bell: "Some of the best teams I've ever been around and some of the best players I've ever been around, this stuff happens. Quite often.

"I love everything about this guy [Samardzija]. The way he competes and the way he cares and the way he goes about everything, it's going to make him a good pitcher for a long time."

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Cubs test Byrd's arm, and come out losers

May, 17, 2013
5/17/13
6:53
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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John Buck, Darwin BarneyAP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastThe Cubs tested Marlon Byrd's arm, and it made Darwin Barney an easy out at the plate.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs third base coach David Bell took responsibility for a bad decision that cost the Cubs a base runner and a chance to tie Friday's game against the New York Mets, who hung for a 3-2 win.

The Cubs had the potential tying run on second base with one out in the eighth inning when David DeJesus hit a line drive single to former Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd in right. Darwin Barney hesitated a bit and then took off around third base with Bell's blessings toward home plate. Byrd's throw was a perfect strike to catcher John Buck, who tagged Barney out three feet from the plate.

”Obviously it is disappointing. It turned out it wasn't a very close play," Bell said. "I just watched the replay again and it wasn't close. As a third base coach you always want to make the right decision. and that clearly wasn't the right decision."

Bell is in his first year of coaching third base for the Cubs after an 12-year major league career and four years as a coach and manager in the minor leagues.

”Obviously he would be the first one to tell you he would like to have that back," manager Dale Sveum said. "I have been in that situation before and sometimes you push the envelope to on a guy who doesn't have that good of arm. We know (Byrd's track record), so those things happen."

Byrd had gone in as a pinch-hitter in the top of the inning and stayed on in right field. The scouting report has Byrd with a strong but erratic arm from mid- range, according to a baseball scout.

"When you are scouting and doing all that (preparation) coming into a series, you know what arms to push and what arms you can't push," Sveum said.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .286
HRA. Rizzo 30
RBIA. Rizzo 71
RA. Rizzo 81
OPSA. Rizzo .889
ERAT. Wood 4.72
SOT. Wood 131