Cardinals promote David Bell to bench coach

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The Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have promoted David Bell to bench coach.

Bell will replace Mike Aldrete, who recently accepted the same job with the Athletics. Oakland’s former bench coach, Chip Hale, was hired as the Diamondbacks’ new manager last month.

Bell, who played 12 seasons in the majors, spent the 2013 season as the third base coach for the Cubs before serving as assistant hitting coach with the Cardinals this past season.