Re: Rick Sweet no longer managing Louisville
As far as Bell goes, I have been a critic in the past but if you look at the purpose of the minor league system, it is to develop players, not teams. Louisville's lineup, as well as a few faces in Cincy, played under Bell. It is without debate that the talent level at AA the past several years, particularly the last two, has been below average. The pitching has been horrendous. The pen was a train wreck all season minus one or two guys.
Louisville consists of the better players to go through Carolina. Sweet had better teams to manage, period. I believe that Ryan Jackson to Louisville is a plus for the Bats. He played a huge part of Phipps' success and others. Ted Power staying there is a personal preference I would have had given the choice, I'm glad he's back.
For all you Bats fans, I believe the angst over Bell's arrival is a bit overdone. I hope Louisville has a very successful year and Bell is a big part of it.