Ex-Jay George Bell still not backing down

Former Expos manager Jim Fanning (left) helps Blue Jays great George Bell on with his Canadian...

Former Expos manager Jim Fanning (left) helps Blue Jays great George Bell on with his Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame jacket during yesterday's induction ceremonies at St. Marys, Ont. (Scott Wishart, QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

If you were expecting Jimy Williams to introduce George Bell on Saturday afternoon, you were disappointed.

 

Bell, who had one of the worst-ever, player-management feuds with Williams the spring after his 1987 MVP honours, was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tom Henke, who often called Bell the best teammate he ever had, was there to see his pal. Of course, when a Jays charter would leave the gate, Henke often yelled: “George, why does that plane have your picture on it?”

The Alaska Airlines logo was of a smiling Eskimo in a parka.

The Jays asked Bell to DH after the 1987 season and he agreed — if the dollar amount on the multi-year deal they were working on was enough. The Jays signed Bell at a lesser-amount, three-year, $5.8-million deal, so in Bell’s mind all bets were off.

It came to pass the man at Grant Field announced on St. Patrick’s Day: “Now batting, No. 11, DH, George Bell,” as Bell stood motionless against the ta


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