CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds and manager David Bell announced a two-year contract extension until 2023.
Bell, 49, agreed to a three-year contract in October 2018 that included a team option for 2022. The Reds are 76-74 this season, third in the NL Central and 184-190 with Bell.
“I think we’ve talked about this all year,” general manager Nick Krall said after Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh was suspended due to rain. “He has done a great job with the team we have now, and it was natural for him to guide us forward.
We made the playoffs last year, and we had a great streak this year, and we still have a chance. “He knows how to run a clubhouse, and he knows how to run a dugout.”
Cincinnati was swept 2-0 by Atlanta in the first round of last year’s extended playoffs.
Gus Bell, the manager’s grandfather, and Buddy Bell, the manager’s father, played for the Reds.
“It’s an incredible honor to be in this organization and to work for it, and to be in this position and to work with this group of coaches, and Nick and his staff, and to love every opportunity to be with these players,” said Bell. “I am grateful to be able to continue all the work that we have done together. There has been a lot of progress in this organization and I am fortunate to be a part of that team.
“The only focus I have right now is to finish this season strong and achieve what we set out to do at the beginning of the year. It would be nice to be able to continue and strive for that success and much success in the years to come.”
Cincinnati’s coaching staff is also expected to return.