It’s been an absolute whirlwind of a news day for the Cincinnati Reds. Mike Moustakas hit the injured list. Dauri Moreta was finally called up from the minors. Tyler Stephenson returned from a short trip to the injured list. But all of that news is small potatoes in a sense compared to the news that just came out that the Reds have extended manager David Bell for two seasons. All of the beat writers tweeted the news out at the same time, though it seems that Mark Sheldon of Reds.com beat the others to it by a fraction of a second – so he’ll get the credit as being first on this one.
Manager David Bell has been a hot topic over the years in Cincinnati. Of course, you can replace the name David Bell with any other managers name, and replace Cincinnati with any other city, and you can probably have a statement that’s just as true. Everyone knows better than the manager of the big league team and that tends to hold true whether it’s Dave Roberts and the Dodgers or whether it’s whoever the heck the manager of the local knothole team.
That said, David Bell certainly has made some head scratching decisions over his years at the helm. He’s also currently got the Cincinnati Reds sitting at 78-74, which is better than any projection system had them at. And he’s done that while having Mike Moustakas out for half of the season, Joey Votto out for a month, Tejay Antone missing much of the year, Michael Lorenzen out for half of the season, and Eugenio Suárez hitting like a Double-A player for much of the season. Over the last two seasons he’s won six more games than he’s lost as the manager.
As for the rest of the coaching staff, Bell noted that he expects all of them to return according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. That means that pitching coach Derek Johnson and hitting coach Alan Zinter are expected to return. The pitching has been hit-and-miss this season. Luis Castillo’s first two months were brutal, but he’s been one of the best starters in the game since June 1st. The bullpen has been, well, you’ve seen it. Wade Miley returned to be one of the better starters in baseball for much of the season. The offense, for all of the inconsistency it seems to have, has scored the 3rd most runs in the National League this season.