Miami reliever Heath Bell was critical of manager Ozzie Guillen in a radio interview Monday, the latest in a series of turbulent comments for the disappointing Marlins to deal with as their season winds down.
''It's been an interesting year with Ozzie,'' Bell told Miami station WQAM. ''That's pretty much all I'll say about that. It's just been really interesting to have him manage.''
However, pressed with more questions, Bell kept talking, eventually saying the Marlins need a manager ''that everybody respects and looks up to.''
Bell's struggles were one of the biggest issues for the Marlins this season. He signed a $27 million, three-year contract over the winter, then eventually lost the closer role after a disastrous start to the season, which included an 8.47 ERA after his first 21 appearances with Miami.
For the year, Bell has 19 saves in 26 opportunities, with a 5.40 ERA in those games. He has appeared 43 times in non-save situations, going 3-0 with a 5.06 ERA.