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George Bell (outfielder)

For other people named George Bell, see George Bell (disambiguation).
George Bell
Bell playing for the Blue Jays in 1985
Left fielder
Born: (1959-10-21) October 21, 1959 (age 60)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1981 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1993 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .278
Home runs 265
Runs batted in 1,002
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Career highlights and awards

Jorge Antonio Bell Mathey (born October 21, 1959), better known as George Bell, is a Dominican former left fielder and American League MVP in Major League Baseball who played in 12 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays (1981, 1983–1990), Chicago Cubs (1991) and Chicago White Sox (1992–1993). Bell batted and threw right-handed.


George Bell is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays' Level of Excellence.

Originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978, Bell was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1980 Rule 5 draft.[1] Bell was discovered in the Dominican Republic by Blue Jays scout Epy Guerrero. His first season as a regular was in

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His best season came in

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On April 4,

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Bell had a bounce-back year in

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He played two years with the White Sox, recording 25 HR and 112 RBI in

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Bell was a powerful free-swinger, usually posting a good slugging percentage but a poor on-base percentage. He was known as a poor defensive player, and played mainly as a designated hitter during the last two years of his career. Despite his success on the field, Bell had a love-hate relationship with the fans and media in Toronto, particularly in his later years as his poor defense came to overshadow his bat. After being booed for an error, he told the media that the fans could "kiss my purple butt." The next day a sign appeared in left field "George, we are behind you all the way."[citation needed] Bell's difficult relationship with the Toronto sports media was exacerbated by his reluctance to do interviews during his early years with the Blue Jays, likely because of his then-discomfort with the English language. Towards the end of his time in Toronto, however, Bell became much more approachable to the media, who in turn began to soften their often harsh criticisms of his play and attitude.

On May 28, 1989, while with the Blue Jays, Bell hit a walk-off home run in a 7–5 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the final Major League game played at Exhibition Stadium. Bell also homered in the first game at the Blue Jays' new park, the SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre), on June 5, eight days later.

George Bell is currently enshrined in the upper deck of the Rogers Centre's Level of Excellence, devoted to players and personnel who have made a significant impact as members of the Toronto Blue Jays. He shares the honor with Tony Fernández, Joe Carter, Cito Gaston, Pat Gillick, Dave Stieb, Tom Cheek, Roberto Alomar, Carlos Delgado and Paul Beeston.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Personal life

Bell has four children (Dean, Shadelenee, Michael, and Bryner) with Melida Bell. He is the older brother of former major leaguer Juan Bell.

See also

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  1. ^ George Bell Statistics and History Accessed on January 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bell, as D.H., Belts Record 3 Homers". The New York Times (AP). 4 April 1988. 
  3. ^ "George Bell". Retrieved 25 September 2014. 

External links

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