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David Bell Deserves Fans Benefit of the Doubt

If you've been following Phillies message boards and chat rooms this winter, there's been a recurring theme; David Bell is a weak link in the Phillies lineup. Fans have lamented the Phillies signing Bell and have prognosticated about dealing him to the highest bidder (if anyone would even bid). In a twist of the great William Shakespeare, I have come not to bury David Bell, but to praise him.

David Bell is a good player. He is exactly the kind of hard-nosed, win-at-all-cost player that fans in Philadelphia love to have on their teams. The problem is that we haven't really gotten to see that – yet. When David Bell went down with an injury last season, it was because he ran full speed into the infiled fence surrounding Veterans Stadium in his attempt to catch a foul pop. Bell never...

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