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Marlins going to closer-by-committee again

Jul 10, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

Heath Bell AP

It never really took the first time, but Heath Bell‘s latest blown save on Sunday has caused the Marlins to again try a closer-by-committee.

Bell, who was signed to a three-year, $27 million deal in the offseason, has blown two of his last four save chances and six of 25 for the season. Those totals don’t include the four-run lead he blew on June 25, since that wasn’t a save situation.

Steve Cishek could be the favorite for saves in Miami for now, but the Marlins are just two weeks away from getting ex-closer Juan Oviedo back from suspension. The former Leo Nunez missed the first couple of months with visa troubles and is currently finishing up his 50-game suspension for lying about his identity. If Bell hasn’t righted the ship when Oviedo returns on July 23, odds are Oviedo will get a shot at the closer’s role.

As for Bell, well, some of the blame may go on Ozzie Guillen here. Bell was working on a string of 10 straight scoreless appearances before the ugly four-run outing two weeks ago. His two blown saves since came during a span in which he pitched seven times in nine days.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    This guy needs a change of scenery. Perhaps inside the offices of Jenny Craig.

    • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Mondays and Wednesdays.

      On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Curves.

      Friday he jogs.

  2. drewsylvania - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Ozzie’s at it again.

    • gmsingh - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Have they thought about trying manager by committee?

  3. theaxmancometh - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    It was actually a 3 yr $27m contract with a 4th yr vesting option, but yeah

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      You’re right, of course. It’s fixed now.

      • theaxmancometh - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        The Marlins are thankful it’s “only” $27m vs $36m lol

  4. jkaflagg - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Ozzie didn’t help much either on Sunday – with Bell struggling, the Cards sent up their last pinch hitter, left hand hitting David Descalso, with 2 out – yet Ozzie did not bring in lefty dominator Randy Choate to close it out, although he was warmed up….Sometimes trying to show confidence in your closer leads you right down the drain, as well

    • 78mu - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      That’s the problem with the manager’s mentality of ‘the closer’ all the way. They won’t get criticized for using him in the ninth inning and don’t want to take them out even when they’re floundering.

      The way Bell has pitched against the Cardinals this year you wonder if Ozzie has been paying attention.

  5. rcali - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    How dare everybody blame Ozzie. He’s perfect, just ask him and Bud Selig who refuses to do anything about his antics.

    • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Which antics? If you’re asking Bud Light to select among a smorgasboard of antics, you’ll only confuse him.

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