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Cubs name Bell, Rowson official members of team coaching staff

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Cubs name Bell, Rowson official members of team coaching staff

The Cubs named David Bell the team's third base coach on Tuesday and removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson.

Bell and Rowson now join pitching coach Chris Bosio, first base coach Dave McKay, bench coach Jamie Quirk and bullpen coach Lester Strode to complete manager Dale Sveum's staff for the 2013 season.

Bell joins the Cubs after spending the last four seasons as the third base coach for the Cincinnati Reds' minor league system, most recently with Triple-A Louisville.

A former infielder, Bell played 1,403 major league games with Cleveland (1995, 1998), St. Louis (1995-1998), Seattle (1998-2001), San Francisco (2002), Philadelphia (2003-2006) and Milwaukee (2006).

Bell is a member of one of the MLB's three-generation families, as he is the son of Buddy Bell and the grandson of Gus Bell. Back in 2004, David and Gus became the first grandfather-grandson duo to face each other in a matchup between Philadelphia and Milwaukee.

And Rowson's title change comes after becoming the Cubs' interim hitting coach back on June 13. He joined the organization as the minor league hitting instruction prior to the 2012 campaign.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the most blame for Bears losses?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the most blame for Bears losses?

Mark Potash (Chicago Sun-Times), Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Kevin Fishbain (The Athletic) join Kap on the panel. It’s another losing season for the Bears. So who deserves the most blame: Ryan Pace, John Fox or the players? Plus Mark Schanowski drops by to talk about the Bulls future and if the Celtics will win the East.

Brian Urlacher named semifinalist for Hall of Fame

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Brian Urlacher named semifinalist for Hall of Fame

In his first year as an eligible candidate, Brian Urlacher was named as one of the 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

The announcement doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the brilliant career the legendary Bears linebacker had. In 13 seasons with Da Bears, Urlacher proved how valuable he was against both the run and pass, tallying 22 interceptions, 41.5 sacks and 1,040 tackles.

In other words, yeah, he's a worthy first-ballot inductee. 

As the captain of those tremendous Bears defenses in the 2000s, Urlacher made the Pro Bowl eight times, All-Pro teams five times and was honored as Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. And despite falling just short of capturing the team's first Super Bowl since 1985, the Bears were usually competitive even with consistent offensive woes and a revolving door for quarterbacks. 

There are a few more hurdles to clear before No. 54 dons a Hall of Fame jacket, though. The list of 27 gets cut to 15 before voters make their final decisions as to who ultimately gets the call to Canton, Ohio, and there are several other deserving players. Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Ronde Barber and Terrell Owens are just some of the other headliners in the Class of 2018: 

The Bears will soon have their first Hall of Famer since Richard Dent, who received the nod in 2011. The only question now is whether the voters make Urlacher wait a year.