Ozzie Guillen: I Don't Respect Heath Bell "As a Person"
The fish fight between Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and pitcher Heath Bell continues with Guillen throwing the latest bomb. It's not that he's lost respect for Bell as a baseball player, he says, but "as a person." Ouch.
Bell and Guillen's drama surfaced during the team's run on The Franchise, but really blew out in to the public when Bell went on WQAM and said, "It's hard to respect a guy that doesn't tell you the truth or doesn't tell you face-to-face."
Apparently other players didn't appreciate or agree with Bell's sentiments and Bell has tried to do some damage control.
"I've always had the respect and I've always given Ozzie respect," Bell told The Palm Beach Post. "I've stunk this year plain and simple. That's about it. Everything I say gets twisted so I'm going to stop talking.''
Bell even admitted that he's "pretty much lost all" respect from his teammates.
"Right now I've got to earn the respect back of my teammates my coaching staff," he continued. "Do I want to be back in Miami? Yes."
Guillen however isn't ready to make nice. He's not ready to back down. He's still mad as hell.
"It was my turn this week," Guillen told Fox Sports. "Last week it was the pitching coach. The week before it was his teammates. Every week it's something. That's why I don't respect him as a person. You have to have principles."
"I laughed," Guillen said regarding the comments. "I have so (many) problems in my life with the ballclub, to see why we failed -- comments like that, everybody has his own opinion. The thing that shocked me (is) when you say I'm not honest with players?"
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