Heath Justin Bell (born September 29, 1977) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. After becoming the Padres closer role from Trevor Hoffman in 2009, Bell has been named a three-time All-Star and has been awarded with the Rolaids Relief Man Award twice and has also won the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award and The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award. From 2010–2011, he successfully converted 41 straight save opportunities, tied for the fifth longest streak in MLB history.
Bell was born in Oceanside, California. He attended Columbus Tustin Middle School and Tustin High School in Tustin, California, which is about 50 miles (80 km) from Oceanside. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.
Bell attended Santiago Canyon College where he was named a freshman All-American in 1997. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 69th round of the 1997 amateur draft.