Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn made his first front office hire on Friday, promoting director of the minor leagues Buddy Bell to vice president/assistant general manager.
The 61-year-old former All-Star has held the title of the team's minor league director since 2009. Bell will retain that position and assist Hahn in staffing decisions as well as scouting amateur players and special assignment evaluations.
"I will be in Chicago more this season," Bell said. "After talking to Rick I believe I will do quite a bit more of that. I will still be involved in player development and amateur scouting. I really enjoy the scouting part of it as well as (player development). This particular title gives me a chance to do a lot of different things."
Bell has worked closely with Hahn over the past six seasons and developed a close friendship as a part of the White Sox's small front office group. The six-time All-Star began his minor league career with Chicago in 1991 as director of minor league instruction.
"The relationship has been real good and real easy," Bell said of Hahn. "One of the great things about Rick is that he is very intelligent. He is a great listener and that I think helps when you are running ideas by him. Last year the relationship evolved because I did get into more of the major league things. At the same time Rick became more involved in the minor leagues. Our front office is fairly inclusive anyway."
A Cincinnati native, Bell managed nine years in the major leagues, including stops in Detroit (1996-98 ), Kansas City(2005-07) and Colorado (2000-02 ).
Bell won six Gold Glove awards during his career and hit 201 home runs in 18 seasons. Bell's father Gus played in the major leagues from 1950-64. Buddy Bell's son David had an 11-year major league career and, after managing in the minor leagues, he was recently hired by the Chicago Cubs to coach third base in 2013.