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Published: Wednesday, 8/1/2007

Buddy Bell resigns as Royals manager, effective at season end


MINNEAPOLIS Buddy Bell resigned as the Kansas City Royals manager, effective at the end of the season.

Bell announced the decision before today s game against the Minnesota Twins and said he will remain on for the rest of the season. He will join the Royals front office in 2008 as a senior adviser to general manager Dayton Moore.

I had to make a choice between managing and my family, an emotional Bell said, and to me that s a no-brainer.

Health concerns also played a part in Bell s decision. Last September, he had surgery to remove a cancerous growth in his throat.

Bell, a five-time All-Star who turns 55 on Aug. 27, is the son of major league outfielder Gus Bell, himself a four-time All-Star. David Bell and Michael Bell sons of Buddy also reached the majors.

Before becoming the Royals 14th manager on May 31, 2005, he managed the Detroit Tigers from 1996-1998 and the Colorado Rockies from 2000-02.

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