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Bell's wife soothes his soul with Facebook note

       Pitching coach Randy St. Claire worked on Heath Bell's mechanics. The closer's wife worked on his psyche. Bell hopes the combination of the two gets him back on track on the mound, where he's struggled, to say the least.

        Bell has given up eight hits and walked three in just three innings of work. He's also blown his only two save opportunities. After the second of those ninth-inning collapses on Saturday, his wife Nicole figured it was time to act. She wrote her husband a letter on Facebook offering encouragement.

        "It was inspiring, about how far I've come, how far we've come as a couple, where our daughter has come from because our daughter has Down's syndrome," Bell said. "Our first home was a mobile home, and I spent so many years in the minors. She was, like, 'Look how far we've come. Don't worry about all the other stuff that's going on. You've overcome so many things. Don't let this get you.'"

        Bell said his wife watched Saturday's game from the family home in San Diego.

        "She couldn't sleep and wrote it at 3 o'clock in the morning Sunday San Diego time," Bell said. "It was about the things we've overcome the last 11 years of marriage, and life, and kids. It really got me thinking. It was 'You'll overcome this. You've always been a hard worker and you'll figure it out.'"

        Bell thinks that, with the help of St. Claire and catcher John Buck, he's worked out a mechanical flaw in his delivery that's caused his fastball to be flat and remain up in the zone.

        "I figured out what the problem was," Bell said. "My fastball hasn't been down all spring training and everybody was saying don't worry, it's spring training, you'll figure it out. Well, it's not spring training anymore and it's still not down. My pitches were flat. Now they've got the tilt. If I'm blessed to pitch tonight, you'll see the tilt and that I'm down in the zone and dominating again. I guarantee it."


        Ozzie Guillen's juggled the lineup on his first day back from his five-game suspension, dropping Giancarlo Stanton from the cleanup spot to the six hole and putting Logan Morrison in the fourth spot.

         "I moved Stanton a little bit just to make him relax a little bit and take advantage of LoMo the way he's swinging the bat right now," Guillen said. "Hopefully, pretty soon, we move those backs where they should be."

         Stanton is hitting .229 and doesn't have any home runs. Morrison is hitting .320, and Guillen says he gives "lefty protection" in the lineup for Hanley Ramirez.


         How glad is Guillen that his suspension is over and he doesn't have to watch the games on TV anymore?

         "Very painful, even the ones we win," Guillen said of the TV watching experience. "There's nothing worse than watching baseball from the couch, when you're supposed to be on the field, and next to your wife (instead of) the coaches. My wife don't help me one lick. I wish I was with the coaches to help me a little about the situations."



          Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Bonifacio, cf; 3. Ramirez, 3b; 4. Morrison, lf; 5. Infante, 2b; 6. Stanton, rf; 7. Sanchez, 1b; 8. Buck, c; 9. Johnson, p.

          Cubs: 1. DeJesus, rf; 2. Barney, 2b; 3. Castro, ss; 4. Soriano, lf 5. Stewart, 3b; 6. Clevenger, c; 7. LaHair, 1b; 8. Byrd, cf; 9. Dempster, p.

          Umpires: HP -- D.J. Reyburn,; 1B -- Brian O'Nora; 2B -- Alfonso Marquez; 3B -- Tom Hallion.





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Ahhh...isnt that special...maybe Bell misses his wife working on his mechanics...

Peter Gammons Dog

Ozzie just made it easier to pitch around Hanley. Lomo is not the Home Run threat that Stanton is. Even when Stanton is in a slump, opponents know he can still get a hold of one by accident. Lomo hit .160 batting clean-up last season.

Cy Sperling

What's up with Conine's funky hair? Transplant? Plugs? Rogaine? joined the Hair Club for Men? Fugly...

Sal the Barber

Going with the Marlins makeover, Conine decided to get a makeover himself. Before every home game he gets his hair done by the groundscrew. By the way,Conine is cheap and a crappy tipper.


Wow Lots of empty seats at the stadium. Come late leave early?


I was just thinking the same.


There was a time when id be glued to the tv every time JJ would pitch just like I wouldn't miss a Stanton at bat last year and the year before. I'm just not feeling it this year. I was all excited to see Reyes and Boni tear it up and nothing. Boni's been great and the steals are great but the three and four hitters are not producing. Blah!!! Infante has been great but what does it say about this team when he's your best hitter.

Reality Letdown

That's because you probably have come to the realization ,already ,that this team is not and will not,be as good as advertised. All the off-season hype is coming to an end and the honeymoon is over. Bloom is off the rose.


Hanley! Hanley!


95 96 welcome back Heath! Good win.

Boring ,Listless Team

Marlins beat Cubs on Hanley's homer against minor league pitcher. Cubs worst in baseball. Unimpressed.

Bartman's Uncle

No wonder Zambrano went crazy in Chicago. Cubs are putrid.


Ozzie wearing Metro-Dade Police cap. Does he need protection fron 80 yr old Cubans, or did he make a donation to the PBA, or both???

Adam West

Anyone ever see Loria and the Penguin in Batman together? Hmmmm. remarkable


I guess it worked for Bell.


I love how Palm Beach crybabies love to talk about how there isn't a sellout every night. I think it was telling how Rich and Tommy commented that they can't remember a time when the crowd roared for a home run at Sun Life. How do you like them apples, Palm Beach crybabies?

Jerry Goldstein

tommy and rich a full of homer shite,and so r u

Bobs Wife

Wait until the Marlins end this home stand and go on the road to play real MLB teams. Let the crying begin.

Bean Counter

Less than 20,000 at No Excuse Ballpark last nite. Marlins fans need to dig deep to come up with some new excuses for small crowds. Samson is full of them(all lies} as usual.

George S


How are you already not excited with the team? Reyes hasn't been great but Hanley is rounding into form, Johnson was solid yesterday and Stanton just needs to rip one in the parking lot before he starts letting those things fly. Ridiculous how fickle and cynical us Marlins fans can be!

Harry O

Bud Selig was generous in scheduling 2 of the worst teams in baseball to play the Marlins for the 1st homestand at the new stadium. After this homestand is over they have to play competitve teams. Just wait.Oh, the Horror.

Antwan Rockamora

Wow. The wheels have come off and the season is over after 11 games for a lot of people. Get a grip. 24,544 in attendance by the way. Not bad.

Go Fish!


George/Antwon, just look at the stats for the Nats starting rotation and tell me how that compares to this teams. If your expectations were high for this team I dont see how you can be so ho hum about their start to this season. At least the Phils have the excuse of not having Howard and Utley for their horrible start. Even with them out of the line up the fish couldn't take two out of three.

Two weeks into the season and were tied for last in the division. I'm optimistic that everything will balance out but until that happens there isn't much to be excited about. If youre going on yesterday's win and beating the Astros you should know those are two of the worst teams in the league.

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