Buddy Bell, Chicago White Sox vice president/assistant general manager, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award, which is presented annually by Minor League Baseball to an individual for distinguished service in player development.
"On behalf of the entire Chicago White Sox organization, I want to congratulate Buddy on receiving the prestigious Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award from Minor League Baseball," said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. "Throughout his decade-plus time directing our player development system, Buddy has served as a tremendous leader for our entire staff of coordinators, instructors, managers, coaches and players. Buddy has made a lasting impact on the careers and lives of so many players. As Buddy transitioned his career from uniform to a front office role, Chief Bender served as one of his early mentors, so it is wholly appropriate that Buddy is recognized today for continuing Bender's legacy of excellence in player development."
Bell has served as the White Sox assistant general manager since 2013. In this capacity, he assists with the major-league roster and staffing decisions, undertakes amateur and special scouting assignments and oversees the Sox player development system. Bell previously served as Chicago's vice president of player development and special assignments in 2012, director of player development from 2009-11 and director of minor-league operations in 2008 and from 1991-93.
During Bell's tenure with the White Sox, minor-league affiliates have won five league championships: Arizona League White Sox (2015), Class AA Birmingham (2013 and 1993) and Advanced Rookie Great Falls (2011 and 2008). The Sox 40-man roster currently includes 10 players who were drafted or signed as amateur free agents by the club since 2008, including left-hander pitchers Carlos Rodon and Chris Sale, infielders Micah Johnson, Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez and outfielder Trayce Thompson.
Bell will receive the award on Sunday, December 6 at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn. The Bender Award has been presented annually since 2008 and is named for the long-time front office executive and consultant who spent 39 years with the Cincinnati Reds.