The Miami Marlins started this year with so much excitement. A new stadium. A new Manager. Featured on Showtime’s the Franchise. New pieces that were supposed to take this team back to the playoffs or even the World Series.
And then the bottom fell out. And the bottom hasn’t been closed yet.
Earlier this week Marlins closer Heath Bell, who’s had a horrible season, called out Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen for being someone that was “hard to respect”. A day later, Bell tried to retract some of his statements and say that he was taken out of context.
That’s the goto move when you put your foot in your mouth.
Wednesday comes and it’s Ozzie Guillen’s turn to talk. And Bell’s team mates, who side with Ozzie, made sure that Heath was able to hear everything Ozzie said on his radio show.
As Bell sat in front of his locker before Tuesday’s game in Atlanta, unidentified teammates cranked the volume on Guillen’s weekly radio call-in show on 790-The Ticket and listened to their manager answer questions about the controversy.
Asked if he still respected Bell, Guillen replied, “As a player, yes. As a guy, I don’t know.”
Guillen also said that Bell had a habit of throwing others under the bus.
“I am the No. 10 guy he’s talked about this year,” Guillen said in answer to another question. “This kid has been saying so many things all year about a lot of people. It was my turn this week.”
via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald
Bell went on to say that he knows he’s pretty muched lost the respect of his team mates, and will not talk about this topic anymore this year.
Bell’s contract is through the 2014 season, but there’s no doubt that he may be gone way before then.
Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.