Chicago White Sox: Buddy Bell

White Sox extend top affiliate Charlotte

December, 10, 2013
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While the Chicago White Sox's major league roster might be in flux, the lineup of minor league affiliates will remain relatively stable.

The team announced Tuesday that they have reached a six-year player development extension with Triple-A Charlotte, while four-year extensions will go to Class A Kannapolis and Advanced Rookie League Great Falls.

The White Sox’s top four affiliates will continue to be Charlotte, Double-A Birmingham, Class A Winston-Salem and Kannapolis.

The only significant change is that the White Sox will no longer operate an affiliate at Bristol, Va. Instead of having a team in the Appalachian League, the White Sox will now have a lower-level club in Arizona.

Charlotte is set to open a new $54 million downtown ballpark for the 2014 season. Birmingham’s new $60 million ballpark opened in 2013.

“It’s really important that we keep that continuity,” White Sox vice president/assistant general manager Buddy Bell said. “All our facilities are great and the logistics of it works out really well for us. It’s important to keep that together and we’re excited about all of it.”

White Sox promote Buddy Bell

November, 2, 2012
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn made his first front office hire on Friday, promoting director of the minor leagues Buddy Bell to vice president/assistant general manager.

The 61-year-old former All-Star has held the title of the team's minor league director since 2009. Bell will retain that position and assist Hahn in staffing decisions as well as scouting amateur players and special assignment evaluations.

"I will be in Chicago more this season," Bell said. "After talking to Rick I believe I will do quite a bit more of that. I will still be involved in player development and amateur scouting. I really enjoy the scouting part of it as well as (player development). This particular title gives me a chance to do a lot of different things."

Bell has worked closely with Hahn over the past six seasons and developed a close friendship as a part of the White Sox's small front office group. The six-time All-Star began his minor league career with Chicago in 1991 as director of minor league instruction.

"The relationship has been real good and real easy," Bell said of Hahn. "One of the great things about Rick is that he is very intelligent. He is a great listener and that I think helps when you are running ideas by him. Last year the relationship evolved because I did get into more of the major league things. At the same time Rick became more involved in the minor leagues. Our front office is fairly inclusive anyway."

A Cincinnati native, Bell managed nine years in the major leagues, including stops in Detroit (1996-98 ), Kansas City(2005-07) and Colorado (2000-02 ).

Bell won six Gold Glove awards during his career and hit 201 home runs in 18 seasons. Bell's father Gus played in the major leagues from 1950-64. Buddy Bell's son David had an 11-year major league career and, after managing in the minor leagues, he was recently hired by the Chicago Cubs to coach third base in 2013.

White Sox promote Buddy Bell, 2 others

January, 23, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox handed out three promotions in their minor-league development staff, including one for Buddy Bell, who had been the director of player development.

Bell was promoted to the newly created role of vice president player development and special assignments. Nick Capra was named director of player development, while Kirk Champion was moved to the role of minor league field coordinator.

Capra essentially took Bell’s old role, while Champion was moved into Capra’s previous role. Bell is entering his fifth season in the White Sox’s organization and eighth overall. Bell was director of minor league instruction from 1991-93.

Capra has been with the White Sox for 17 season, while Champion has been with the club for 23 years.

Bell tops candidates for Sox manager job

September, 27, 2011
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox already have a short list of candidates to fill their now vacated manager post.

General manager Kenny Williams said because of “warnings,” the White Sox had narrowed down possible replacements. Ozzie Guillen had been hinting for more than a month that he might not be around after this season and on Monday that news came to fruition.

Guillen will not manage the White Sox's last two games and is expected to be named the Florida Marlins' new manager this week.

High on that prospective manager list is expected to be director of player development Buddy Bell, who has nine years of major-league managerial experience with Detroit, Colorado and Kansas City. Triple-A Charlotte manager Joe McEwing is also expected to get a serious look.

A candidate with an outside shot is Cleveland Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr., who played for the White Sox.

Williams, though, said that to talk about candidates so soon is to take away from the attention that should be afforded to Guillen on his final day with the White Sox.

“We think that we can act swiftly but I think that accompanies a plan of attack to the 2012, '13, '14 season,” Williams said. “But I don’t want to get too far into that. I think that takes away from Ozzie on this day and what he means to the White Sox fans, to baseball fans, and certainly to a lot of people in this room and in our front office.

“I need to respect that and respect in such a way that he needs to be the story tomorrow, not what our future plans are.”

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