Ozzie: Bell doesn’t need to apologize
MIAMI — Understandably, Marlins closer Heath Bell took Monday’s 8-7 loss to the Cardinals in 10 innings hard.
Bell allowed four runs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis tied it on Yadier Molina’s two-out, two-run homer. An inning later, the Marlins lost.
Afterwards, Bell shouldered the blame. He said he apologizes to his teammates for letting the game slip away.
On Tuesday, manager Ozzie Guillen said Bell didn’t need to do that.
“We know it was a very tough one, a very painful one, a very embarrassing one,” Guillen said. “But that’s in the past. It’s on the back page. This is a new page. We’ve got to look at it the same way. If those guys think about what happened last night, and carry it over to the next game, they’re wrong. Especially Bell. I hope Bell just turns the page and moves on.
“He apologized to his teammates, but he don’t have to. Every time he saves a game for us, we don’t appreciate that. Hey, if you blow the game, you blow the game, you don’t have to apologize.”
Guillen admires the fact Bell accepted accountability, but added in the big leagues nothing is owed.
“You don’t owe anybody anything,” the manager said. “We just lost a game we shouldn’t be losing. That’s it. He’s got a tough job. My expectation is, if he goes back out there today, he’s got to be a little bit better. That’s all he can do. He’s going to be back out there, and that’s it. This game is about day in, day out, it’s not about months. You’ve got to be tough enough to do that.”
— Joe Frisaro