• Kris Cartelle

Jay Bell can be a Perfect Fit for Marlins Hitting Coach

Is another former Yankee on his way to Miami? I sure hope so. A former major league shortstop and now coach is being put in the spotlight as a possible fit in the Marlins coaching staff for 2020.

The Marlins were rumored to have offered a contract to long-time Giants hitting coach and recent bench coach Hensley Meulens. Although Meulens, who is nicknamed “Bam Bam,” had an apparent verbal commitment to join Miami’s staff, he was also looking for additional opportunities elsewhere. This morning, it was announced that he is going to New York to be the new Mets bench coach. There is no doubt that Meulens would have been a great add for the fish but after doing some deep research I found an even better and more perfect fit for this young Marlins team.

His name is Jay Bell.

Bell just last month left his post as manager for the AAA Scranton RailRIders. I don’t think I have to tell you who’s AAA ball club that is. Who else other than the New York Yankees. Bell managed three years in all of the three major minor league teams (A, AA, AAA) in the Yankees minor league system since 2017. In all of this three years as manager, Bell posted records of 85-50, 79-61, 76-65, winning first place in all of those seasons.

Bell has also had major league coaching experience. Bell was the bench coach for the Diamondbacks and Reds, as well as hitting coach for the Pirates. In 2013, when Bell was the hitting coach for Pittsburgh the team went 94-68 and won the NL Wild card spot. They ended up losing in a hard fought NLDS in game 5 to the St. Louis Cardinals, who would end up going to the World Series that season. Bell worked with young players that season like Josh Harrison, Starling Marte, and Andrew McCutchen.

Bell would be a perfect candidate to take on as hitting coach and work with James Rowson, Miami’s new bench coach and offensive coordinator. When Bell left the Yankees, Brian Cashman (Yankees GM) stated that Bell wanted to look for an MLB coaching opportunity. The Marlins would be such a great fit for so many reasons. Bell was born in Eglin Air Force Base, FL. Bell also went to JM Tate Senior High School in Cantonment, FL, and has family that lives in the Tampa area. Gary Denbo (Current Marlins Director of Player Development) gave Bell the managerial position for the Tampa Yankees when he worked in New York after he was recommended by Joe Girardi, the Yankees MLB manager at the time.

The Marlins currently have Jeff Livesey as their interim hitting coach and Eric Duncan as their assistant hitting coach. I see the Marlins letting go of Livesey or offering him another position within the organization if the team would bring in a guy like Bell. As for Eric Duncan, if the Marlins were to sign Bell he would be perfect as the assistant hitting coach. Duncan was promoted last season when the Marlins fired hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo. Duncan has worked under Bell before. In 2017, when Bell was the manager for the single A Tampa Yankees, wouldn’t you know it, Eric Duncan was his hitting coach.

Potential Staff:

Don Mattingly (Manager)

Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (Pitching Coach)

James Rowson (Bench Coach/Offensive Coordinator)

Jay Bell (Hitting Coach)

Eric Duncan (Assistant Hitting Coach),

Trey Hillman (First Base/Infield Coach)

That looks extremely intriguing!

Of course the Marlins are also looking for another coach to potentially coach third base and work with the outfielders. We will be posting another coaching proposal later on in the week on a potential candidate for that role.

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