Buddy Bell is going back home.
A part of the Chicago White Sox's front office for 14 years, the past five as assistant to general manager Rick Hahn, Bell is returning to his native Cincinnati as senior adviser to Reds GM Dick Williams.
Bell, 66, worked in player development for the Sox from 1991-93 and 2008-12.
"Buddy Bell has influenced the careers of literally thousands of professional baseball players through his passion for coaching and player development," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "He has left a long-lasting mark on the White Sox organization, our minor-league staff and players throughout our system. There is absolutely no way to thank him enough for all he has done and his years of devotion to this organization and to making our minor leaguers better as players and as people.
"We personally wish him nothing but success and fulfillment as he returns home to the city of Cincinnati and a Reds organization that very appropriately carries a great deal of meaning and pride for the entire Bell family."
Bell played for the Reds from 1985-88. His father, Gus, played for Cincinnati from 1953-61 and Buddy Bell's son, David, managed in the Reds' system following a 12-year playing career in the majors.
After missing the entire season with a fractured foot and ankle, center fielder Charlie Tilson was feeling good enough to participate in the White Sox's instructional league in early October.
"It's baseball," Tilson said. "You spend so much time in the cage and it's tough to really simulate in-game competition. Laying off a couple of pitches, fouling a couple of pitches off, getting down two strikes, those type of things bring back familiar feelings you haven't been in touch with for a while."
Tilson was able to test his right ankle in instructional league games, and he's healthy enough to continue playing in the Arizona Fall League. A New Trier High School product, Tilson replaces Tito Polo (dental issue) on the Glendale Desert Dogs AFL roster.
When he visited the White Sox in September, top outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez was oozing with confidence.
"I truly believe I can play here right now," he said. "I don't want to be just another player. I want to be the best player."
Acquired from the Cubs in the July 13 Jose Quintana trade, the 20-year-old Jimenez continues to show how good he is in the Dominican winter league. Playing for Gigantes del Cibao, Jimenez leads the league in home runs (3) and RBI (13) while batting .378 in 11 games.
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