Rob Bell is one of the starting pitchers with his job is on the line now that Nomo, Neagle, Haynes, and Fossum have been brought in to compete. This quote is a sign of a winners attutude that I like :
The trick, Bell said, is to worry about himself and not what Nomo or Neagle did. Or what Dewon Brazelton or Seth McLung or Mark Hendrickson do.He did not make the team out of Spring Training last year after pitching well enough in Florida to make the team. He battled back, and was one of the DRays better o pitchers. It was in the mid 90s that the Braves traded Neagle and a young farmhand pitcher named Rob Bell to acquire Brett Boone. From Record Online:
Parent club: Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2004 level: Majors/AAA 2004 notes: Started the season at Triple-A Durham, but was promoted in May after a 5-0 start. Followed with his best big-league season, then secured the largest one-year contract of his career (up to $1.1 million) in December. 2005 outlook: Bell, a 28-year-old right-hander, expects to be a member of the Devil Rays' starting rotation. If he improves on last season, he likely will be in line for an even bigger contract
Bell came into has own lat year. He honestly pitched well enough to be one of the guys tabbed for a rotation spot. He must earn it all over again this year.