Author has Bell at #9 all time among infielders...........in glovework!
Like Nettles, Bell is overlooked as a very useful player at an important position. He didn't have Nettles' nine-year run of great success but at his peak (1979-84), he was arguably even better. During that span, he was the best defensive third baseman in the game (Nettles having passed his prime), won six Gold Glove awards and racked up 5.8 WAR per season, according to Baseball-Reference.
His Hall of Fame case certainly doesn't hold up well, but at his peak, Bell was a slick and very creative fielder at third base. He made life easier on his shortstops than perhaps any third baseman ever has.
Last edited by cavalier1968; 02-20-2012 at 06:10 PM.
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