Heath Bell Is Not A Fan Of Baseball Tonight

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


It's no secret that ESPN covers certain teams more than others, but it's always fun when a player calls them out. Heath Bell, the Padres' closer, took offense to a recent John Kruk comment about his team, and decided to say what everyone is already thinking. From R&R via Sign On San Diego....

“I saw John Kruk on “Baseball Tonight” and he said, ‘They’re playing really well, but I don’t believe in them,’” Bell said before Monday’s game. “And I saw ESPN’s promo for tonight’s game. They mention the Mets are opening Citi Field, they mentioned the starting time, but nowhere did they mention the Padres. That gave me the (expletive).”

Bell was just getting warmed up in his pregame commentary.

“I truly believe ESPN only cares about promoting the Red Sox and Yankees and Mets - and nobody else,” said the closer, a former Met. “That’s why I like the MLB Network, because they promote everybody. I’m really turned off by ESPN and ‘Baseball Tonight.’ When Jake Peavy threw 8 1/3 innings on Saturday, they showed one pitch in the third inning and that was it. It’s all about the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets.”
Now if this comment was directed at say Sports Center, I wouldn't even pause, but calling out Baseball Tonight is something different. I think the show has been losing fans for years now, and unlike NFL Live or NBA Fastbreak, it's apparent that they don't give equal coverage to all teams. However, in Baseball it has been proven that certain teams draw better ratings, and you can't entirely blame the "Leader" for their biases.

But lucky for us, and Heath Bell, the MLB Network is currently putting the once "go to" show, to shame.

Heath Bell Does Not Care For Your Coverage, ESPN (Rumors and Rants)

9 Comments:

Bell is flat out wrong here. He forgot to include the Cubs and Dodgers in his tirade.

GMoney said...
Apr 14, 2009, 10:47:00 AM  

That (expletive) is bugging me. Gave him the what? Gave him the shits? Gave him the herpes? What? What did it give him???

Lawdogg said...
Apr 14, 2009, 11:37:00 AM  

Heath Bell is right, MLB Network is the place to go for baseball news. Baseball Tonight ia an afterthought for baseball news and highlights at least for me.

sportsfan25 said...
Apr 14, 2009, 12:14:00 PM  

Wait wait wait...there are OTHER teams besides the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets and the Manny Ramirezes??

BucFan said...
Apr 14, 2009, 12:57:00 PM  

My Orioles and the Blue Jays are 5-2 at this juncture. Where are the Yankees and BoSox? Come on ESPN, do your homework. Oh yes, if the Orioles are competitive after the NBA playoffs end, I'll be elated. If not, the Broncos get all my attention once again (which they primarily do anyway, Orton will win for us!) Sorry, I was all over the map.

Brad James said...
Apr 14, 2009, 1:43:00 PM  

Glad to see I wasn't the only one bothered by the strangely located (expletie).

Zac said...
Apr 14, 2009, 5:05:00 PM  

Tonight is a perfect example of what Heath is talking about. Trevor Cahill pitched 6 no-hit innings this weekend and Ted Lilly pitched 6 no-hit innings on Monday, but when AJ Burnett does that, it leads BBTN and is a lead story on the bottomline. 6 no-hit innings really isn't a big story, but it comes across as AJ Burnett being the first guy to attempt to pitch a no-no this season.

cmr said...
Apr 14, 2009, 10:49:00 PM   Apr 15, 2009, 5:17:00 AM  
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Sep 26, 2009, 9:03:00 AM  

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