Cubs name Bell, Rowson official members of team coaching staff

Cubs name Bell, Rowson official members of team coaching staff
October 23, 2012, 5:03 pm
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The Cubs named David Bell the team's third base coach on Tuesday and removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson.

Bell and Rowson now join pitching coach Chris Bosio, first base coach Dave McKay, bench coach Jamie Quirk and bullpen coach Lester Strode to complete manager Dale Sveum's staff for the 2013 season.

Bell joins the Cubs after spending the last four seasons as the third base coach for the Cincinnati Reds' minor league system, most recently with Triple-A Louisville.

A former infielder, Bell played 1,403 major league games with Cleveland (1995, 1998), St. Louis (1995-1998), Seattle (1998-2001), San Francisco (2002), Philadelphia (2003-2006) and Milwaukee (2006).

Bell is a member of one of the MLB's three-generation families, as he is the son of Buddy Bell and the grandson of Gus Bell. Back in 2004, David and Gus became the first grandfather-grandson duo to face each other in a matchup between Philadelphia and Milwaukee.

And Rowson's title change comes after becoming the Cubs' interim hitting coach back on June 13. He joined the organization as the minor league hitting instruction prior to the 2012 campaign.