ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added two more candidates to their managerial search when they interviewed both David Bell and Rocco Baldelli on Monday, according to sources.Bell is the son of former Rangers third baseman Buddy Bell and is currently the Giants' vice president of player development. Baldelli is the Rays'
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added two more candidates to their managerial search when they interviewed both David Bell and Rocco Baldelli on Monday, according to sources.
Bell is the son of former Rangers third baseman Buddy Bell and is currently the Giants' vice president of player development. Baldelli is the Rays' Major League field coordinator.
The Rangers previously interviewed farm director Jayce Tingler, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Interim manager Don Wakamatsu is also expected to interview this week.
Bell played 12 years in the Major Leagues as an infielder with six different teams from 1995-2006 and has a wide range of experience since his playing career ended. He managed four years in the Reds' Minor League system, spent 2013 as the Cubs' third-base coach and '14-17 as assistant hitting coach and bench coach for the Cardinals. He left St. Louis after the 2017 season to join the Giants' front office.
Bell is a member of a three-generation baseball family. His grandfather was Gus Bell, an outfielder who was in the big leagues from 1950 to 1964. Buddy Bell spent 18 years in the Majors and was with the Rangers from 1979-85 and again in 1989. David Bell's brother, Mike, was the Rangers' top pick in the 1994 MLB Draft and played 19 games for the Reds in 2000.
Baldelli is a former outfielder for the Rays who once appeared to be a star in the making. He played well in his first two seasons in 2003-04, but then suffered a series of debilitating injuries that derailed his career. His playing career ended at the age of 29 after the 2010 season. Baldelli spent four years in the Rays' organization as a special assistant, then three years as their first base coach and 2018 as field coordinator.
The Rangers' manager job came open when Jeff Banister was dismissed last month after four years at the helm, during which time he won two AL West titles in 2015-16.
Texas is also looking for two new hitting instructors. Justin Mashore was let go at the end of the season and Anthony Iapoce left the organization to join the Cubs on Monday. The Rangers are waiting to complete their managerial search before they make any formal announcements on the rest of the coaching staff.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.