After a miserable road trip (0-6 including a game where they couldn't hold a 5 run lead in the ninth and a 14-1 drumming), somebody actually agreed to manage the Royals. Today the Royals announced their hiring of Buddy Bell who was serving as the bench coach for the Cleveland Indians.
Bell has previous managerial experience, one of Royals GM Allard Baird's requirements. He managed in Colorado and Detriot and has a career managerial record of 345-462.
While Bell won't make any splash, he may be the type of manager that this team needs. A lot of fans are disappointed with this hire, but I'm not about to judge until I see how he does. Remember, the requirements were a strong tactician (handling pitchers, etc), as well as the ability to teach young players. Perhaps these are Bell's strongest traits. The new era begins tonight against the Yankees.