Role models?

Everybody always assumes Heath Bell's is Trevor Hoffman, the community-pillar closer who taught him so much in San Diego before turning over the keys to the Padres bullpen.

Actually, the new Marlins closer relates much more to a fictional character.

Kenny Powers.

You know, the foul-mouthed, wise-cracking, down-on-his-luck former big-league pitcher from the HBO series "Eastbound & Down."

"Dude, I'm totally Kenny Powers," Bell says. "I'm like his long, lost brother. If my wife would let me grow the mullet, I'd be so in there."