Heath Bell finds it 'difficult to respect' Ozzie Guillen

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The demoted Marlins closer told a Miami radio station that he's struggled to accept life with Ozzie this year in Miami.

If Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't return to the club in 2013, consider former closer Heath Bell among those on the roster who won't be shedding a tear. The pitcher spoke with the Dan Sileo Show in Miami this week and said that he agrees with owner Jeffery Loria's vision, but was, let's say... less than committed to his manager. The Sun-Sentinel quotes Bell:

"It's been an interesting year with Ozzie, and that's pretty much all I'll say about that. It's a hard to respect a guy that doesn't tell you the truth and doesn't tell you face to face. There are probably reasons why. If I said something, if I did something, I'm going to own up to it. What you see is what you get.

Bell lost his starting gig after a rough first half, but told Sileo he's "worked his butt off" to climb back to his old job. His most telling quote regarding Guillen was the description of what the Marlins did need in the manager position, implying that it was anything other than his current boss:

"We need a guy that leads us, that everybody respects and looks up to. That's all we need."

Miami plays at Atlanta Tuesday night.

For more on the Miami Marlins, check out Fish Stripes and Baseball Nation.

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