September 22 (WNN) — The Cincinnati Reds rewarded manager David Bell with a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2023 season, the team announced Wednesday.
Bell was nearing the end of his initial three-year deal to manage the Reds. In October 2018, he agreed to a three-year contract that included a team option for 2022.
“We’ve been talking about it for a few days,” Bell told reporters. “It’s a great job. I love my job. I have nothing to compare to, but there’s no way in the world to get a better position.”
Bell has guided the Reds to a 76–74 record this season, with Cincinnati currently third in the National League Central. There are 10 games left in the season.
Under Bell, the Reds have a combined 184-190 record.
“He’s done a great job with the team we have right now,” said Reds general manager Nick Kroll. “I think it’s only natural that he will lead us. We made the playoffs last year, we did well this year and there is still a chance.
“I think, for us, we’ve got a guy who knows how to run a Major League clubhouse and dugout, and we think he’s the right guy going forward.”
The Reds finished the 2020 season with 31-29 points. The Atlanta Braves defeated Cincinnati 2–0 in the first round of last year’s extended MLB postseason.
The rest of the Reds’ coaching staff are also expected to return for the 2022 season.