Bell, 56, who was hired by the Royals in May 2005, announced in
August he would step down as manager to spend more time with his
At the end of September, the Royals had announced Bell would
join the front office as a senior adviser to general manager Dayton
Moore issued a statement thanking Bell for his contributions to
the Royals and wishing him the best in his new job.
"I'm disappointed that he's leaving the Royals, but he has
apparently received an offer that is in his best interest and more
in tune with what he prefers to do at this stage of his career,"
He held the same minor league instruction position with the
White Sox from 1991-1993, and will assume the job around effective
"Buddy brings a tremendous amount of experience to the
organization as a player, instructor, coach and manager, and we
feel fortunate to add someone of his caliber," Alan Regier, White
Sox director of player development, said in a statement.
During 18 seasons in the major leagues, Bell played for
Cleveland, Texas, Cincinnati and Houston.