Major League Baseball confirmed Bell’s death Monday. He died of an apparent heart attack in his home state of Ohio.
Bell worked the 2006 World Series and three All-Star Games, including this year’s event at Citi Field, where he was stationed at first base. A veteran of 21 big league seasons, he had also worked four league championship series since joining the major league staff in 1993.
TIGERS: Torii Hunter was still shaken up but in good spirits Monday, a day after he fell into the Boston bullpen in a futile effort to catch David Ortiz’s tying grand slam.
The Detroit right fielder indicated he’ll be ready to play tonight in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, but the day off between games was welcome.
“I feel like I played a football game,” Hunter said. “I’m just going to go ahead and get a massage, get some treatment, try to get in the hot tub, loosen up a little bit. I’ll be fine.”
Hunter went racing toward the fence on Ortiz’s line drive and overran the ball slightly before trying to jump back and catch it. His momentum took him over the short wall, but he was able to stay in the game.
“I hit the top of the wall when I came over – it hit me in the ribs and I lost my breath,” Hunter said. “They told me I fell on my head and stuff like that, and I was just kind of out of it for a minute, a little groggy.”
Hunter said he lost the ball in the lights slightly while pursuing it.
“I was going to give it every attempt to go out there and try to catch that ball,” Hunter said. “If it takes for me to get knocked out or die on the field, I guess I’ve got to do it.”
ORIOLES: Third baseman Manny Machado underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee.
The 75-minute procedure included an arthroscopy and open reconstruction of the medial patellar femoral ligament. A hamstring tendon was used to graft a replacement for the ruptured ligament.
Recovery time is estimated to be around six months.
CUBS: A person familiar with the situation says the team has interviewed San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria for its manager’s job.
The interview took place in Southern California on Monday. The person also said the Cubs will interview Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez this week.
Chicago fired Dale Sveum after going 127-197 the past two seasons while hoping to develop young players. Renteria is known for his teaching ability and has managed in San Diego’s and Miami’s minor league systems.