David Bell Named Reds Manager, Time to Start World Series Parade Planning

Is this a bit of an overreaction on my part? Maybe, but why be a fan if you can’t get excited about a major organizational change  that seems to be the right move? It might also be the fact that I’m in a good mood because the Bengals haven’t had the chance to break my heart yet today. 

David Bell was a name that was floated around as a potential candidate to become the Reds’ manager for 2019 and beyond but other flashy names like John Farrell and Joe Girardi had fans clamoring for a sexy hire. I am man enough to admit I was in the camp of “Joe Girardi or bust” at times, but now that I’ve taken a step back it seems like David Bell is the correct choice for the Reds if they want to get back to being a respected organization in the MLB.

David Bell is a local guy who has Cincinnati in his blood. Need an example of why a Moeller High School grad might be the right kinda guy for the organization? Let me introduce you to Ken Griffey, Jr. and Barry Larkin. Is that not enough? How about this:

I’ll take a former player’s opinion over some nerd with a blog nobody reads and approximately 315 followers on Twitter.

A lot will go into whether or not David Bell can be successful in Cincinnati. The first variable is whether or not the Reds can find a decent starter or two to help the pitching rotation. The second is whether ownership will follow through on their promises and open the checkbook up for the free agents they need to be competitive. David Bell is a manager that uses analytics but he doesn’t sound like the type of manager that will let the numbers trick him into making bad decisions. Plus, it seems like he’s pretty well respected throughout the league.

I’d say that’s a pretty good list of people who believed in David Bell for their organization. Joe Girardi may have been a flashier headline, John Ferrell would have brought World Series experience, but David Bell is a Cincinnati guy and knows how much a winning baseball team means to this city. There’s nobody from outside of Cincinnati that can bring that to the dugout. Let’s get a championship, David Bell. At the very least, don’t make me look like an idiot for believing in you.

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