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Heath Bell says his weight is not the reason he struggled in the first half

A day after Ozzie Guillen told another local radio station in Miami he was going to go with a closer by committee approach to start the second half of the season, Heath Bell took to the airwaves on Wednesday and said his weight has nothing to do with his first half struggles.

Heath Bell"I came into camp in shape, ready to go, just like I do every other year," said Bell, who blew six saves in the first half and lost leads a handful of other times without being credited with a blown save.

"The first thing people say when I don't do well is 'Oh, he's fat.' If you saw me in regular street clothes you'd never think I'm as big as I am. But I do have a big lower half and I do have big legs and in a baseball uniform I look real fat."

Bell, 34, is listed at 6-2, 260 pounds.

Three years ago, before he went on a run of three consecutive All-Star appearances with the Padres and saved a major-league best 132 games, Bell weighed 275 pounds. He then dropped 25 pounds and began his run of success.

"... I'm a big guy. I've always been a big guy. But if you ask anybody, I work hard," Bell told WQAM on The Dan Sileo Show. "I just don't eat cookies and chips all the time. I'm having my protein shakes like everybody else. I try to eat right.

Heath-Bell"I don't drink as much as other guys do who are skinny. I'm not going to name names but there are a lot of guys who drink a whole lot of beer and this and that. The thing is they're real skinny. There's a lot of guys who crush food all the time that probably eat three times as much as I do and are way skinny. God made me a big guy. God made me this size. I'm not going to look like Giancarlo Stanton."

Bell, who after Sunday's latest blown save took full responsibility for the Marlins being under .500 at the All-Star Break, said he respects Guillen's decision to go with a committee approach -- even if the manager hasn't spoken to him about it directly yet.

"It's one of those things that I haven't gone out there and lived up to what they wanted...," Bell said. "I got to go earn my job back. And if somebody is going to do better for the sake of the Miami Marlins, we need to go with that guy. I think I can go out and do the job, but I haven't done it and I haven't proved it. Ozzie is trying to win. I want to win and for whatever reason, I'm not getting the job done. Hopefully I can in the future.

"I'm a big team player. If we're doing better with somebody else closing it's going to kill me inside, but maybe it's going to drive me to work even harder than I am right now. Maybe the tides will change for me. I'm not going to second guess my manager."

In Wednesday night's debut episode of Showtime's The Franchise there is a scene from the end of May when Bell speaks with Guillen in his office and tells the manager he feels like he doesn't have his back. Guillen laughs it off and tells Bell: "I'm the only one who wants you out there. Nobody else does. Not the owner, the GM, the fans..." In another scene later on, President David Samson asks Guillen if he's keeping Bell in the closer's role because of the three-year, $27 million contract the Marlins gave him. To which Guillen responds angrily: "No [bleeping] way."

> Asked if Bell's woes were related to his weight on The Dan LeBatard show on 790TheTicket Tuesday, Guillen defended Bell: "... This man works hard, very, very hard. This kid is one of the first ones in the clubhouse, working on the field. I don't think that's his problem. It's about location."

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Stan M

Open Post to Heath Bell,
If you are a team player as you say, and if you care about winning, why don't you voluntarily go down to AAA so you can get a lot of extra work and hopefully straighten yourself out. Trying to do that at the ML level is hurting your team and your reputation. If you hang around and cause more losses, you will never be able to reclaim your reputation among us fans and probably your teammates as well. Your legacy will not be a good one, that's for sure. You have personally ruined this whole season. However, Americans are a forgiving people for those who show humility and do the right thing. It beats being the most hated man in baseball which you probably are right now.

bob

You have to work harder Heath. Your stuff is not there, and as hard as you have worked, you have to push yourself beyond that. There's no other way around it.

gene

Yo Heath, cut the carbs and call Charles Barkley so he can set you up with weight watchers.

bob

Anyone know where I can buy The Franchise online? After reading that part about Heath Bell, I really want to watch it, but don't have Showtime.

bob

Well here is a preview of that Heath Bell clip Manny was talking about:

http://sports.sho.com/#/baseball/videos/1049

What happened to "I'm not gonna let you down" Heath?

Webster

Ozzie shows what an illiterate clown he really is .

flagstafffishfan

Nice job Clark on the piece about the massive bust of 2012!! Agree with most of the grades you gave the team but I would really have to give hitting an F. I don't know who Heath Bell is kidding regarding his weight not being an issue. Simply put carrying around 260+ pounds isn't healthy and he must tire quickly. He is constantly needing to walk off the mound and take deep breaths and collect himself, after 15 pitches he's drenched and out of breath. The Marlins should have had it in his contract a stipulation about his weight gain so they could have dumped this pile of rocks!!

spitballer

Open Post to Ozzie...since you are going to the closer by comittee, start pulling the pitchers in the middle of counts. There has been plenty of times when our releivers get to a 2-0 count & it dosen't appear they are going to get anything near the strike zone. Also..as in the case with Bell...it is location as you stated...but his fastball has little or no movement...it's right down the center of the plate.
Trader Jack pulled pitchers in the middle of pitch counts...I would like to see you do it as well.

Eddie S

When Nolasco was pitching poorly , he was sent down , came back much better.WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH MANAGEMENT.HEATH BELL SHOULD NOT THROW ONE PTICH UNTIL HE GETS THE CURVE BALL OVER AND LOSES 25 POUNDS.I CANT BELIEVE HOW THE MARLIN STARTING PITCHERS CAN EVEN LOOK AT BELL AFTER THEY PITCH A QUALITY START AND WATCH BELL THROW IT AWAY . I AM SO DISGUSTED SINCE THE TEAM COULD BE IN THE WILD CARD IF IF WASN'T FOR FATSO!!!!!!

rbleigh

Am I the only one who doesn't care at all how much Bell weighs? I care about the fact he's responsible for 1/2 inning a night @ 9 million a season; that's it. If he were performing like a guy deserving of his contract we'd be throwing him 6 packs after the game so he can feast down a serving of wings.

Yes, its hindsight but the FO should never have given such a lofty contract to a RP not named Mariano. There's a reason Billy Beane has turned and burned several of these guys over the years, anyone remember Billy Koch? You don't spend on a closer, you find one.

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

...He's the one hired for that job! Who would you rather have, the Kid from Cape Cod? He can sew some Knots in the opponents nets, when the manager needs him!

Griselda Blanco

No such thing as Saved by the Bell

bob

@Eddie, lay the blame entirely on Ozzie. He's the only one who wants Bell there.

Ozzie Jr.

wanna bet

Eric H.

And as far as him walking off the mound and circling it after nearly every pitch. It's obvious you guys know nothing about baseball. He has always circled the mound after every pitch. I will agree with the one person than said the FB has no movement.t. I agree. And he needs to find his BB. The second half I am willing to bet he figures it out, marlins make playoffs, and Ozzie is proven to ne the genius he is...

jimmy the geek

wanna bet...10k says they dont sniff the playoffs.

I'll Bite

What kinda odds with them 5 out of the wild card?

jimmy the geek

come to Paradise Island...let's see

Eric H.

There's 70 games left. Relax. It's a new team. A lot of pressure on this team right now. I guarantee the get the wild card. I've know Heath personally for years and he works his butt off. Besides, he was bigger in San Diego. He's fine. The need offense big time. And let's not forget who's calling the pitches. I say nibble at the plate. Make the hitters chance. If he can get into a 0-1 count he needs to stay out of the center of plate once he's ahead.

S.D.Padre

yea right..your talkin out ur asss...just like the taco boy's been throwin it lately.

Eric H.

Whatever. I promise you. I've known the man for 9 years. Been to his house. Played with how kids. Been to the movies with him. He works his butt off. And yoy guys need to stop putting the entire blame on him. The team is hitting a sub .200. Sure he's has blown more saves than we would like but our starters are also giving up quite a few runs as well. The entire team sucks right now. It's not just Heath.....

S.D.Padre

agree with u there...we dont put the entire blame on Bell. fact is this team has alot of holes before the 9th . Bell just takes the heat because he's hi profile. Closer. tough spot. u have a point. it's not all on him. this team cant hit for shitt when it counts ,and is a bad defensive team. hang in there .

S.D.Padre

whatdaya mean who's callin the pitches? Bell should be callin his own pitches,and shakin the sasquatch off,whenever he wants

Eric H.

Bucks calling it.....period!....posey to the rescue

Eric H.

Hey everyone. The bleeping Marlins are losing 3-0. It's all Heaths fault.

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