PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – After a disappointing series-opening loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell joins Vinnie on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan.
Despite the tough loss Tuesday night, Bell still sees positives and room for growth for the rest of the season.
“We’re in first place by two games right now,” Bell says. “At the same time, we could also be down by four or five. We’ve played good baseball. Our pitching staff has been phenomenal, and our defense has been pretty steady. I really believe that we well end up doing well offensively. It’s just a matter of continuing to strive for that excellence every day.”
“They cannot panic. We cannot panic as a city. Listen, you’re going to lose some games like that. Blunders are going to happen. I guarantee that Starling Marte will concentrate a little harder on the next several popups he catches. He’s a young guy. What he’s accomplished this year has been awesome.”
The Pirate offense has suffered through inconsistent stretches at times through the season. To that, Bell explains, “It’s not from a lack of hard work. It’s not from a lack of trying to get the job done. It’s just a matter of selling out every single day, every single at-bat. At some point, they’re going to get it. They’re too talented not to get it.”
Bell also describes the approach he takes to working with players, and explains how his experiences in pennant races as a player help him as a coach today.