Miami Marlins closer Heath Bell has been lifted in the ninth inning after recording just one out in each of his last two appearances. He hasn’t exactly been off to a ruckus starts this season in his new surroundings, blowing three of his first six save chances and in turn not exactly gaining the trust of manager Ozzie Guillen.
But you can hardly blame Ozzie for the quick lift. Bell has given up four hits and three runs and two walks in his last 0.2 innings of work. That’s a trainwreck. Here’s Bell:
“Walking off the field, you definitely hear the boos … I feel like I’m going out there pitching. I’m trying to make my pitches … I’m just not a meathead that rears back and throws the ball. I’m actually trying to pitch. I wasn’t blessed throwing hard when I was younger.”
I guess Bell has a point. Despite standing 6’3 and weighing 250 pounds and sporting a ridiculous profile photo, anyone who dresses up as a Star Wars character is immediately exempt from meathead consideration. But meathead or not, knowing the outward personalities of both Bell and Guillen, expect a few hilarious blowups should his paltry performance persist.