ChiSox hire ex-Royals manager Bell for minor league instruction job

Updated: October 9, 2007, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox hired former Kansas City Royals manager Buddy Bell as the organization's director of minor league instruction on Tuesday.

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 family.

At the end of September, the Royals had announced Bell would join the front office as a senior adviser to general manager Dayton Moore.

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," Moore said.

Bell has also managed the Detroit Tigers (1996-98) and the Colorado Rockies (2000-02).

He held the same minor league instruction position with the White Sox from 1991-1993, and will assume the job around effective Nov. 1.

"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.


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