Jason Bell (manager)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- School St. Louis University, University of Central Missouri
- High School Parkway Central High School
Jason Bell never played professional baseball, as he underwent Tommy John surgery in college, then chose to pursue graduate studies and concentrate on coaching instead. His master's thesis in 2014 was on the Houston Astros' strategy of re-building the team from the ground up, sacrificing results at the major level in the immediate in order to achieve a bigger payoff down the road. He also served an internship with Baseball Info Solutions, a leading firm in the area of analytics. The Astros were apparently suitably impressed by his work as he was offered a job as a coach with the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2017. In 2018, he was appointed manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. He had a great first season, leading the team to the league championship after finishing third overall in the regular season - all that as the second-youngest manager in all of Organized Baseball.
After the 2018 season, however, he decided to pursue other opportunities within the Astros organization, taking a job as the organization's fundamentals coordinator, based in West Palm Beach, FL. Ozney Guillen replaced him in Tri-City. In 2020 he was promoted to the major league coaching staff as "fundamentals coach", but in 2021, his job title was downgraded to minor league fundamentals coordinator.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2018||Tri-City ValleyCats||New York-Penn League||42-33||3rd||Houston Astros||League Champs|
- Mark Singelais: "Former ValleyCats manager takes new position with Astros: Jason Bell becomes Houston coordinator; Ozney Guillen to manage Tri-City", Albany Times Union, January 24, 2019.