Buddy Bell gets promotion, becomes Sox’ assistant GM
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org November 2, 2012 11:29PM
Updated: December 4, 2012 6:17AM
Buddy Bell has been promoted to vice president/assistant general manager for the White Sox on Friday, GM Rick Hahn announced.
Bell, 61, will assist with major-league roster and staffing decisions and undertake amateur and special scouting assignments. He’ll keep his current responsibility of overseeing the player development system.
Bell has been with the Sox for nine seasons. He just completed his first as vice president of player development and special assignments. He said he has no aspirations to be a GM.
“I get to help in just about every area of our organization, which I like,’’ Bell said. “I’m very lucky.’’
A five-time All-Star and a manager with three teams before he came to the Sox, Bell’s expertise is on the baseball side of management. He said he’ll lean on senior director of baseball operations Dan Fabian to help with the technical end of the job.
“They have all these rules, about waivers for example, but I’m not equipped to do that job the way most assistant GMs are,’’ Bell said. “I’m on the baseball end of things.’’
The Sox’ chain of command will be different with Hahn in charge, but it figures to be cohesive. Hahn, Bell and Robin Ventura are compatible and respectful of each other. In other words, expect fewer skirmishes than what had become the expected norm when Ken Williams was GM and Ozzie Guillen the manager with Hahn in the middle.
“It’s been really good,’’ Bell said of his relationship with Hahn, who was named GM last Friday. “It’s been really easy for a lot of reasons. Rick is very intelligent and a great listener. That helps when you’re talking across the table to somebody and you’re running ideas by him. I’ve had a great relationship with Rick from the beginning.’’
Bell praised Ventura and said his success doesn’t suggest anybody without experience going into managing can handle the job.
The Sox had a three-game lead over the Tigers in September but finished in second place, three games behind.
“We had a good team, and for whatever reason, we never had any real easy games,’’ Bell said. “We never had a blowout, so every game was a pressure cooker, and mentally that can wear on you with younger guys who’ve never been there. It was a great experience for our younger guys, and that can only make us better.’’