Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Tuesday, Ozzie Guillen followed Heath Bell's critical comments on the radio with one of his own.
Uh-oh. It looks like the Marlins' long disappointing season is finally taking its toll on some nerves.
Heath Bell's frustrated because, after losing his job as Marlins closer a couple of times earlier in the season, hasn't regained that job despite pitching quite well since the All-Star break. Monday during a radio interview, Bell reportedly said this about (presumably) manager Ozzie Guillen: "It's hard to respect a guy that doesn't tell you the truth or doesn't tell you face-to-face. There's probably reasons why."
Later Monday, Bell backtracked:
Bell attempted to clarify his comments Tuesday during a different interview with MLB Network Radio, claiming that he did not criticize Guillen.
"I was never criticizing Ozzie," Bell said. "I don't think that's what I was doing on the radio. I was choosing my words kind of right. Apparently, I didn't get it too right, but the thing is I respect Ozzie as a manager."
Water under the bridge, right?
Ah, but this is Ozzie Guillen.
Tuesday, Ozzie Guillen went on the radio before the Marlins' game against the Braves, and apparently things got a bit strange. Check out this series of tweets from Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer:
Media just kicked out of
#marlins clubhouse by greg dobbs.
#marlins players, including heath bell, were listening to ozzie talk about bell on dan lebatard's radio show on 790 the ticket
Ozzie asked if he respected heath bell: "as a player, yes. As a guy, i dont know
After this season, the Marlins owe Guillen around $7.5 million through 2015.
After this season, the Marlins owe $18 million through 2014.
Seems like it will be a lot easier to fire Guillen than to release or trade Bell.
Seems like someone might have to go.