(NEW YORK) — Marlins pitcher Heath Bell is not happy with manager Ozzie Guillen. Bell was demoted after posting a 5.19 ERA as a closer this season, but has since rebounded, making him a dominant closer.
Even so, Bell has still not been given a chance to close after posting a 3.12 ERA since the demotion and is not hiding his opinions of his first-year manager.
“It’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face-to-face,” Bell said Monday on The Dan Sileo Show on 560 WQAM in Miami. “There’s probably reasons why.”
Bell is still under contract for two more seasons once 2012 is up and has been a part of a rough season in the first year in Miami for the club. Guillen has said that he would give Bell an opportunity to regain the closing role in 2013.
“It’s just one of those things that — what you see is what you get,” Bell said of Guillen’s personality. “I’m not going to be two-faced. I’m not going to sneak around your back and say this and that.”
The Marlins are currently in last place in the NL East behind the New York Mets. Bell was asked if he thinks Guillen should return as the skipper in 2013.
“We need a guy that leads us that everybody respects and looks up to,” Bell said. “That’s what we need.”
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News