Bell Handles New Responsibilities For White Sox
CHICAGO—Buddy Bell will still be involved in player development, but his new title reflects an expanded role with the White Sox.
As the new vice president of player development and special assignments, Bell won't be handling two full-time jobs at the same time. That's because Nick Capra, who has been with the White Sox for 16 seasons, was promoted to Bell's former title as farm director.
Kirk Champion, who has been with the White Sox since 1989 and shared duties as the roving minor league pitching coordinator with Curt Hasler, will take over Capra's former post as minor league field coordinator.
With the Sox promoting more homegrown talent to the major league roster, Bell's duties were expanded to assist in various areas.
"I won't be involved in as much of the daily grind, the administrative stuff," said Bell, who rejoined the White Sox in 2008 and is highly respected by chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams.
Grace Guerrero Zwit, the senior director of minor league operations, will continue to handle much of the administration. Bell's new duties include traveling with the major league club, helping new manager Robin Ventura, as well as evaluating selected amateur players.
"I think it's going to kind to evolve with me being in Chicago with the role evolving anyway," Bell said. "At times, it's been a little bit out of my box. I'll enjoy it and it will be nice to be with major league coaches because I know them, so it's very comfortable with me. And Robin doesn't need much, but I'm there if he needs anything."
Bell envisions a seamless transition because of the longevity of Capra and Champion with the club. Both are well acquainted with the talent in and structure of the organization.
"We've been thinking about promoting guys from within, doing something for them," Bell said. "Not that they didn't do a lot anyway, but this expands their roles. I'm very comfortable with what they have to do."
• Righthanders Thomas Royse and Kyle McMillen are expected to return for spring training after having arm surgeries. Righthander Kevin Moran, who missed most of 2011 due to elbow surgery, isn't expected to return until mid-2012 after tearing the meniscus in his knee this winter.
• Catcher Donny Lucy, a second-round pick in 2004 out of Stanford, retired.