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Trevor Bell, Angels pitcherTrevor Bell, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, made his MLB debut on Wednesday night against the Rays.  Bell went 5 1/3 innings, gave up 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.  He gave up 4 runs and earned a no decision in the Angels 10-5 win.

Bell, 22, was the number one pick of the Angels in the 2005 draft.

But, that’s not why we are writing this article.  Bell is good, but we are not claiming him to be the second coming (?) of Stephen Strasburg.  The reason we are writing this article is that Bell has an interesting lineage.

No, he’s not the brother of ex-Reds third baseman David Bell.  He’s not the son of Derek Bell or George “Taco” Bell.  And, he’s probably never even met Heath Bell.

Cool Papa Bell?  Not related. (At least as far as I can tell.)

Clowning AroundBozo, grandfather of Angels pitcher

Trevor Bell is related to somebody far more famous–Bob Bell.

Who’s Bob Bell you say?

Remember the guy who wore the oversized shoes, drank seltzer instead of Gatorade, and was always playing practical jokes on his teammates?

Angels pitcher Trevor Bell is the grandson of Bozo The Clown.  There were actually numerous Bozo’s, but this Bozo was on WGN from 1960 through 1984 and is credited historically as being THE Bozo.

Halo’s Bell

Bell, the grandson, was born in none other than North Hollywood, California.  He’s 6′ 2″, 186 pounds, throws right, and played at Salt Lake City and Arkansas this year.  Bell performed well in both places, thus earning the promotion to take the start that would have normally been occupied by Joe Saunders.  Saunders went on the DL on August 7 with shoulder stiffness.

Bell hasn’t clowned around in the minors this year.  At Double-A Arkansas in the Texas League, Bell had a 2.23 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  At Triple-A Salt Lake City in the Pacific Coast League, Bell was 3.15 with a 1.15 WHIP.  His strikeout to walk ratio over both leagues was 89 to 35 in 140 innings.

The Angels, 24 games over .500, have been beset with pitching woes this season.  Scott Shields (knee surgery) and Kelvim Escobar are done for the season.  Dustin Moseley hasn’t pitched since April and is now rehabbing, but remains on the 60-day DL.  Then, there’s Nick Adenhart who perished in the tragic auto accident early in the year.

Trevor Bell Fantasy Baseball AnalysisTrevor Bell

As for the grandson of Bozo, Trevor Bell’s fantasy baseball opportunity seems to be dependent on Saunders return.  Saunders is out with stiffness in his shoulder as well and he’s pitched through pain all season.  Saunders, coming off of an all-star season where he went 17-7/3.41/1.21, has not been able to return to his 2008 form.  On the  year, Saunders is at 5.33 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP, nowhere near his season of last year.  Saunders is expected to return around August 22.

With Saunders expected to return soon,  Bell’s trip to the Bigs may be short lived.  Hence, we can’t recommend picking up Bell unless the rested Saunders continues to struggle and ends up back on the DL.

Editor’s Note — It is not known whether Bell will drive to games in a Volkswagen Beetle with the entire Angels’ pitching staff crammed in.

Trevor Bell Acting in Hot Wheels Commercial

As for Bell, he continues to be an interesting guy to follow due to his lineage to Bozo the Clown.  Acting is actually the more important part of the family’s skill set than baseball.  Two of Bell’s siblings are actors and Trevor is best known for appearing in a Hot Wheels commercial when he was young.

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