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Padres closer Heath Bell sick of ESPN's East Coast bias

April 14, 2009 |  4:04 pm

Bell It's not just West Coast baseball fans who complain about ESPN's tiresome focus on the Yankees, Red Sox and Mets. Padres closer Heath Bell spoke out to the San Diego Union-Tribune after his team beat the Mets in the inaugural game at Citi Field.

“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. . . .

“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.”

-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: San Diego's Heath Bell pitches against the New York Mets on Monday. Credit: Nick Laham / Getty Images