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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 427 of 984 players
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Heath Justin Bell
Born: September 29, 1977 at Oceanside, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 244

Heath Bell was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on May 16, 2013.

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First Mets game: August 24, 2004
Last Mets game: September 26, 2006





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VIBaseball
October 18, 2004
The bullpen was pretty dreadful this year -- I mostly think of Mike Stanton letting every runner he inherited come in. (How did Howe let Stanton come in so often? He broke Turk's club record for appearances!)

I wouldn't mind seeing some more of Bell, though. His ratio of strikeouts-to-innings and strikeouts-to- walks was great. He also seems pretty tenacious out there on the mound.

Mr. Sparkle
October 23, 2004
He was pretty decent overall, having a couple of rough outings but other than that he was pretty effective. He has the weirdest motion I have ever seen. It's like he doesn't have a complete wind up and just lugs the ball at the plate but can still hit 95. The long socks make him look weird as well.

Big Bubba Bexley
October 27, 2004
I have to agree with Mr. Sparkle in that he does look kind of weird with the socks and the Mazzilli skin-tight uniform. I'm trying to figure out how he could have lost a couple of games with that appearance and his herky-jerky motion.

IAN MANNING
November 24, 2004
I used to play ball with Heath in Tustin, California, in high school and on our travel ball team. The greatest game I ever saw anyone pitch was in Alaska at the goodwill tournament. Heath was pitching against the most talented team there from Washington. They were our only real competition for the championship that year and in a 7-inning game Heath struck out 18 batters, shut them out and hit a home run for our only run to single handedly win the game 1-0 for us. I used to catch him and I tell you my hand still feels it on cold days.

I miss you, Heath. Congrats, you finally did it. We never doubted you, now make us proud. (And hook us up when you play the Dodgers next year!)

big pun
May 20, 2005
I had the luxury of working the food stand that sat next to the bullpen at Binghamton Mets stadium. Needless to say I got to know Heath, or Snacks as I came to know him pretty well. We really miss him here in the Bing-Bing, but wish him the best elsewhere. Heath if ya read this, email me.

MorpheusDreamweaver
August 5, 2005
Heath has had his ups and downs on the pitching mound this year (as I write this, he's currently in AAA Norfolk.)

The memory I'll carry with me, though, has little to do with his pitching performance and everything to do with how he relates to the fans. Every single Mets game that I've been to this year, Heath Bell has stopped to sign autographs for the fans after he finished his pre-game throwing and sprints. And I haven't seen him stop signing autographs before everybody who wanted one, got one. Some days, he's pretty much been the only one to bother.

I'd love to see more consistent pitching out of Heath, but I can't fault the way he treats Mets fans.

Mr. Sparkle
June 28, 2006
Just watched the Ballad of Heath Bell on YouTube. Amazing that he has a ballad. He's just one of those guys that isn't all that great but you gotta like him.

Jamey Bumbalo
September 21, 2006
He's done a decent job for the Mets in 2006. I'd like to see him get a shot at a full-time spot in 2007 so we can see what he can do.

Vito
July 21, 2007
Great to see Heath Bell doing so well for the Padres after the Mets gave him away (Ben Johnson?). I would take him over most any righthander in the Mets bullpen right now except perhaps Heilman. One of those guys that I love sort of like Terry Leach and Rick Reed who worked to make it to the bigs and once given a shot prove they can pitch there. Good luck Heath!

JFK
August 5, 2007
I heard Heath do an interview on the FAN when Mets were playing the Padres. In a very classy way--he completely ripped the Mets organization and Peterson.

He hurt his arm in the minors but the Mets refused to let him get an MRI because he was told he was not a draft pick and not on the 40-man roster. Heath was forced to pitch with a stress fracture.

Heath also said that Peterson would only rip him apart on the bench and Peterson was unable to communicate with the young pitchers. Heath said Peterson's attitude is either you pitch my way or get out. Peterson did not approve of Heath's motion. Can anyone say Scott Kazmir?

When asked to describe his relationship with Peterson, Heath said I have no relationship with Peterson.

grrrr
September 29, 2007
Why did the Mets give up on this kid? Oh yeah, because he doesn't speak Spanish...

cholorad
October 8, 2007
Trading this guy was a good move. Whenever he inhereted runners on base, the majority of the time, they would score. He was able to resurrect his career in San Diego; unfortunately the guys that replaced him in 2007 were much worse

GR86
February 12, 2008
Chronic malcontent who hated Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson simply because Peterson wasn't willing to do it Heath's way or the highway (along with Peterson getting on Bell about his weight problems), not the other way around. His claims on WFAN were absolutely ludicrous. People think Aaron Heilman is so bad because he complains about being a reliever or Billy Wagner is so bad for criticizing the team. They're nothing compared to Heath Bell. The guy spreads all sorts of crazy rumors about the people he doesn't like. He'll get under the skin of the Padres and their coaching staff too and get dealt, you watch and mark my words.

Tommy Mets
April 23, 2008
Had the opportunity to meet Bell back in 2005 and you could not meet a more likeable guy. He stayed around after the game to sign a ball for me and even told me how he was taking the 7 train to and from the game to save money! Back then it seemed that Bell was fine when he started an inning but he always seemed to also let inherited runners score. However, he had guts and always produced great numbers in AAA. Just never seemed to have been used correctly or given a chance to prove himself.

Had Willie and Rick used him differently than he could have become a great asset for the Met bullpen over the years. I'm glad that he has been absolutely dominating for the San Diego Padres but I wish he was doing that at Shea. Good luck Heath and thanks for being a great guy!

Mr. Sparkle
May 19, 2009
I liked Heath Bell when he was a Met and I didn't think he deserved to be on the AAA express, back and forth back and forth. That being said, he was just OK, nothing great. Now, he is a total jerk and it pissed me off seeing him get the first save at Dodger Stadium East (Citi Field) and being so full of hate for the Mets. It's a business after all. He has one major case of sour grapes and although he has turned into a very good closure, he has to settle down the attitude. Everyone gets traded. Lots of bullpen guys go up and down so be a man, deal with it and shut the hell up.

Jonathan Stern
September 29, 2012
He used his hatred of the Mets to become a top-notch reliever. Then, upon getting big money from the Miami Marlins, he flopped almost as badly as Jason Bay has flopped for us. Lately, I have heard rumors that the Mets and the Marlins might swap Bell for Bay in a "we'll trade our disaster for your disaster" kind of deal. If that happens, we'll see how much Bell continues to hate the Mets.









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