Scottsdale, Arizona —— After a very strong summer campaign leading the Tampa Yankees to an 85-50 record — the best in the Florida State League — in 2017, manager and former big leaguer Jay Bell now finds himself managing the Scottsdale Scorpions of the prestigious Arizona Fall League this offseason. As a special tread, he’s also managing his own son, Cincinnati Reds prospect Brantley Bell, on that Scottsdale roster this fall in addition to a core of New York Yankees prospects and several dozen other young ballplayers across multiple organizations.
Earlier this week out at Scottsdale Stadium ahead of a Scorpions game at home against the Salt River Rafters, we caught up with Jay Bell in the home dugout to chat a bit about his coaching career. Baseball Census on-air host Sande Charles spoke to the New York Yankees minor league manager about several different things, including his own big league memories as a player, getting his first big league hit, what it’s like to manage his son, his goals to one day manage in the big leagues, and much more.
You can watch all of that here:
After enjoying a strong summer winning so many games in Tampa, combined with his natural ‘servant leader’ style and extensive experience both playing and coaching in the big leagues, Jay Bell will get a long look this winter as a legitimate candidate to be the next big league manager of the New York Yankees. Beyond that, he’s almost assuredly going to be a skipper in the Major Leagues one day soon if it’s not this Yankees job, and his time in the Arizona Fall League leading a young and unique group in Scottsdale should help with that.
We hope you enjoyed the interview — and especially some of the stories and anecdotes Jay Bell has about his playing days. If you want more interviews from out at the Arizona Fall League, as well as thousands of baseball prospect game videos from across the season, please click here and subscribe to the Baseball Census YouTube channel.
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