SBD/January 7, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Twins Sports Inc. President Bell Retiring After 23 Years With Team

Jerry Bell was face of Twins' effort to get Target Field built
Twins Sports Inc. President JERRY BELL Thursday informed team employees that "he is retiring after spending 23 years with the organization," according to La Velle Neal III of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Bell joined the Twins in '87 after serving as Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Exec Dir, and he was the "face of the organization's stadium efforts through the years," which "paid off last year with the opening" of Target Field. Bell was named the Twins' third president in '87 and "led the organization's business operations." In '02, he was named to his current position and "focused most of his efforts on the design and construction of Target Field." Despite announcing his retirement, Bell "will keep his hand in a couple of projects for the club." Notably, he will "work with officials in Florida to upgrade the Lee County Sports Complex, the Twins' year-round facility and spring training headquarters" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/7). When asked for the reasoning behind his decision to step down, Bell said, "I'm 69 years old." Bell "considers Target Field his top contribution." He said, "It secures the franchise's future" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/7).
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