Twins bench coach Mike Bell, a former Mets managerial candidate who played in organization, dies at age 46

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Mike Bell Twins
Mike Bell Twins

The Minnesota Twins announced on Friday afternoon that bench coach Mike Bell passed away at the age of 46 after a battle with cancer.

The team had announced just last month that bell had been diagnosed with kidney cancer during the offseason.

"The Minnesota Twins are devastated by the loss of Mike Bell," the Twins said via a team statement. "In his short time with our club, Mike had an indelibly positive impact -- not only on the quality of our team on the field, but most importantly upon everyone whom he met. Widely respected in our game, all who knew Mike, on and off the field, are better for the experience. The Twins join the baseball world in mourning Mike’s untimely passing; our thoughts and best wishes are with his wife, Kelly, his three children, Luke, Mikayla and Madeline, and the entire Bell family during this difficult time."

As a coach and executive, Bell spent 13 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks before joining the Twins in 2020. Before heading to Minnesota, Bell interviewed with the Mets for their vacant managerial position in October 2019, before the team ultimately hired Carlos Beltran.

As a player, Bell spent the 1998 and 1999 seasons in the Mets’ minor league system, playing for Norfolk, Binghamton, and St. Lucie.

Bell comes from a great baseball family, as his father, Buddy, and brother, David, have long been a part of the game as players and coaches.