Bell apologizes after shouting at Guillen
Miami manager pulls reliever after 19 pitches
When a team is on its way to a 1-8 homestand, tempers are bound to erupt. That's what happened in the ninth inning Wednesday with the Marlins on their way to a 10-2 loss.
The team had won just one game on the homestand, so closer Heath Bell had only two appearances before Wednesday. With the game out of hand Wednesday night, manager Ozzie Guillen brought Bell in to get some work.
Bell struck out Dustin Pedroia. Darnell McDonald singled on a ball that left fielder Donovan Solano should have caught. And Adrian Gonzalez singled on a ball that hit off third baseman Hanley Ramirez's glove.
Then Bell struck out Will Middleton. That's when Guillen came to the mound to remove Bell, who had thrown 19 pitches.
Bell shouted at Guillen and stormed off the mound. "I just said, 'I can get this guy out,' " said Bell.
Guillen shouted back at Bell as the pitcher left the mound, and Bell turned and shouted something back before continuing to the dugout.
Bell said he regretted shouting at Guillen that second time as soon as he did it.
"He wanted to protect me. I understood what he was saying. It kind of looked like I disrespected him. I didn't mean it that way," Bell said.
Once Bell got to the dugout, he said, he sought out bench coach Joey Cora, Guillen's right-hand man, and said: "Hey, I don't know if he understood me. I didn't mean any disrespect. I just meant I could finish this. Go tell Ozzie! I understand he was trying to protect me."
As Cora relayed the message to Guillen, the manager shouted at Cora and glared at Bell, who was in the other end of the dugout.
Later, Bell went to Guillen in the dugout and apologized.
"The way the team is playing, these little miscommunications are blown out of proportion," Bell said.
"He was upset we were losing. I just wanted to show I could do it. I apologized and I didn't mean no disrespect and I was more at fault than he was."