A Family Affair…
Welcome back to Knight Fever. Today marked the beginning of my second full week with the Charlotte Knights — I couldn’t be happier!
As I continue to get organized in my new place of work, keep an eye out for some exciting announcements in the upcoming weeks.
There were a few newsworthy announcements today from the White Sox, so I thought it was fitting to put a blog together.
First, the White Sox announced that they promoted three front office members today. Nick Capra, who begins his 17th season with the White Sox, was promoted to Director, Player Development. Also, Kirk Champion was promoted to Capra’s old position, Minor League Field Coordinator. Congrats to both men, as I am sure the promotions are truly an honor.
The big news of the day was the promotion of Buddy Bell. Let’s take a look at Buddy and the entire Bell family, who are one of the most successful baseball families the game has ever seen.
Buddy Bell — Bell was promoted to Vice President, Player Development and Special Assignments earlier today. Since 2009, Bell held the title of Director of Player Development with the White Sox. The 2012 season will mark Bell’s fifth-straight with the Sox and eighth overall.
Bell, who was an outstanding player in his day, is part of a third-generation baseball family. Buddy’s father Gus, was an outfielder and four-time All-Star in the 1950’s. The elder Bell played nine of his 15 Major League seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.
Buddy is also the father of two former Major League players — sons David and Mike.
David, who is currently the manager of the Louisville Bats (Triple-A affiliate of the Reds), played in the Majors from 1995-2006. On June 28, 2004, David joined his grandfather Gus as the first grandfather/grandson combination to hit-for-the-cycle.
Mike was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 1993 draft. He made his Major League debut in 2000 for the Cincinnati Reds and hit two home runs in 19 games. It was his only season in the ‘Bigs, as he spent the majority of his career in the minors. He is currently the Arizona Diamondbacks Director, Player Development.
Back to Buddy, who was a five-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove award-winner over his 18-year career. He retired with a .279 batting average, 201 home runs, and 1106 RBIs in 2,405 games played. In 1984, Buddy won an American League Silver Slugger award.
Buddy has been a part of the game for almost 40 years. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA while his dad was playing for the Pirates, and has also spent time in the Majors as a coach and as a manager. Congrats on the promotion Buddy.
Later this week, I’ll take a look at some of the 2011 Knights who are getting an invite to White Sox Major League spring training. Seven of the 18 invitees spent time with the Knights in 2011.
Those seven players are Brian Bruney, Jordan Danks, Jim Gallagher, Tyler Kuhn, Dallas McPherson, Brian Omogrosso, Josh Phegley. All seven will be in Arizona for Big League camp with the Sox.
Danks is considered the Best Defensive outfielder in the organization by Baseball America. The 25-year-old won the MiLB Gold Glove award last season as a member of the Charlotte Knights.
Stay tuned for more on Danks and the six other former Knights. #GoKnights