Josh Bell prefers not to get dragged into the whole Sports Illustrated/anonymous scout quagmire.
In the most recent issue of the magazine, an anonymous scout insinuated the first baseman was lazy while giving his assessment of the Pirates. Neal Huntington vehemently defended Bell and suggested the comments had racial overtones.
Bell, for his part, was unaware of the story until it was brought to his attention last Sunday. The switch-hitter prefers to take the high road on the situation and “just be even-keeled.”
That’s certainly the mature way to handle it. Of course, the 25-year-old always carries himself in a mature manner and he is probably the hardest-working player on the Pirates, continually working on his hitting and fielding in pregame drills.