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Heath Bell time again for Marlins? Ozzie Guillen thinks so

Aug 9, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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When you sign a three-year, $27 million deal to serve as a team’s closer you tend to get plenty of chances and not surprisingly Ozzie Guillen is ready to give Heath Bell another crack at the Marlins’ closer role.

Bell hasn’t gotten a save opportunity since coughing up three runs to blow a game against the Cardinals on July 8, at which point he was 19-for-25 converting saves with a 6.75 ERA and 32/20 K/BB ratio in 35 innings.

Since then Bell has logged 10 consecutive scoreless appearances, throwing a total of nine innings with an 8/3 K/BB ratio and .107 opponents’ batting average.

“That was his job,” Guillen told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “He wasn’t doing what he was supposed to do and we made that decision. Right now, I think he’s pitched good enough to get back to the closer role.”

Fill-in close Steve Cishek has pitched plenty well all season with a 1.74 ERA in 47 innings, but this isn’t really about Cishek. It’s about Bell, Bell’s contract, and the fact that the Marlins owe him another $20 million or so through 2014.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Note: The 10 consecutive scoreless appearances ended today, when he gave up a run on three hits in the seventh inning against the Mets.

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Obviously, Slobbering Ozzie frightened him.

  2. rcali - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Just the mention of him getting the job back makes him blow turds all over the field.

  3. stackers1 - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    When I read quotes by Ozzie Guillen, I hear them in my head in his broken english.

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      His Spanish isn’t particularly elegant, either.

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