Bell clarifies remarks on MLB Network Radio
ATLANTA — Heath Bell went back on radio on Tuesday morning in hopes of clearing the air regarding comments he made regarding Ozzie Guillen on Monday.
Appearing with hosts Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Bell said he wasn’t criticizing Guillen.
A day earlier, Bell received national attention for remakrs about Guillen that aired on “The Dan Sileo Show” on Miami station, 560 WQAM.
On MLB Network Radio, Bell was asked if his comments were misinterpreted.
“I think it was,” the Marlins reliever said. “I was never criticizing Ozzie. I don’t think that’s what I was doing on the radio. I was choosing my words kind of right. Apparently I didn’t get it too right but the thing is I respect Ozzie as a manager. Sometimes it’s hard to respect a guy when he doesn’t tell you face to face and tells you in the media. And that’s basically what I said. I never said I don’t respect him as a manager or a person. It is interesting, I think, to play underneath a manager like Ozzie because he talks to the press and he does a lot of things and he’s loud. But you know what? You know, I’ve had good managers, I’ve had bad managers and I don’t think Ozzie’s the reason why we really stunk this year. I think for me not performing to the next guy not performing. And that’s the reason we didn’t win this year. It’s not because of Ozzie. It’s getting totally blown out of proportion for the simple fact [that] everybody’s looking for a scapegoat. Everybody’s trying to point at Ozzie or somebody in this organization.”
Bell added that he feels the organization still can turn things around in the future.
“And the thing is I think this organization can do great things,” Bell said. “I just think everybody’s trying to point fingers why we didn’t win. And, you know, did I say something I probably shouldn’t have? Yes, I did. I’m going to own up to it. But you know what? I’m not going to back down from anybody. Apparently I just have to keep my mouth shut. Next year I’m not going to talk to anybody for the simple fact [that] it’s not doing me any good. I had to get off Twitter, I had to get my whole family off Twitter and Facebook because everybody, even my 14-year-old daughter, my oldest daughter was hearing things and people were writing things and saying things that weren’t true. And it was just hitting me personally. You want to protect your kids from all that but the social media, it’s hard to protect them from the social media. So I’m doing my best and I can only try to do my best.”
— Joe Frisaro