Albert Belle Speaker Profile
Former MLB Slugger
Albert Belle Biography
Albert Belle was born August 25, 1966 and is a formerAmerican Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, ChicagoWhite Sox, and Baltimore Orioles. Standing at 6'2 and weighing in at 225 lbs,Albert was one of the leading sluggers of his time, and in 1995 he became thefirst player to hit 50 doubles and 50 home runs in a single season.
Belle was also considered a model of consistency, compilinga .295 career batting average, averaging 37 home runs and 120 RBIs a seasonover the ten prime years of his major league career from 1991 to 2000. Belle isalso one of only six players in major league history to have nine consecutive100-RBI seasons. However, his combative personality combined with occasionalangry outbursts created a reputation for surliness that often overshadowed hison-field hitting performance.
Belle was an intimidating presence at the plate; and well known for wearing anintense glare. He became the fourth player to have eight straight seasons of 30home runs and 100 RBI, joining Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Lou Gehrig (a featsince matched by Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez). As a fielder, Belle had apowerful throwing arm, unsurprising given that he was a gifted pitcher in highschool. His Range Factor by games played was consistently higher than the MajorLeague Average Range Factor at that position. He was an accomplished baserunner and base stealer, with a career high of 23 steals in 1993, and asurprising 17 steals in 1999 despite hip problems. Belle led the league threetimes in RBIs, three times in total bases, three times in extra-base hits, andtwice in slugging. He was a five-time All-Star between 1993 and 1997.
Notably, Albert Belle's career highs in home runs, RBI, battingaverage, runs scored, and walks occurred in five separate seasons.
In 2006, the Hardball Times published a statisticalcomparison of Belle's career statistics with that of 60 of his current andformer peers. The article ranked Belle in career "prime value,"behind current Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner and presumed future inductee FrankThomas.
In 1994, Belle lost the batting title to the New YorkYankees' outfielder Paul O'Neill, .359 to .357. Belle's post-season record waslimited to two heavy-hitting appearances, in which only his batting averagesuffered: he hit .230/.405/.557 (batting average, on base percentage andslugging percentage, respectively) with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 61at-bats.
In 1995, Belle became the first player in the history of themajor leagues to hit 50 homers and 50 doubles in the same season; before Belle,the last player to reach as many as 40 in both categories had been WillieStargell in 1973. The achievement was especially impressive because Belle onlyplayed 143 games in 1995 due to a season shortened by the previous year'splayers strike. The 40-40 mark has been surpassed since, most recently byAlfonso Soriano in 2006, but Belle's 50-50 combo remains unique.
His reputation, and more specifically his disdain of themedia, cost him votes for the 1995 MVP Award. Belle finished second in themedia voting to the Boston Red Sox's Mo Vaughn. This result occurred despiteBelle's having led the American League that season in runs scored, home runs,RBI, slugging percentage, and total bases, and despite his outpacing Vaughnhead-to-head in every important offensive category except RBI (both men had126); both players' teams reached the playoffs. This was in the middle of a three-yearstreak in which Albert Belle finished 3rd, 2nd, and 3rd for the American LeagueMVP. Belle had two other top ten MVP finishes, in 1993 (7th) and 1998 (8th).
In the winter of 1996, Belle signed a 5-year, $55 million($79,626,866 today) deal with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent. Thiscontract made him the highest paid player in baseball for a brief period. Belleenjoyed two great seasons in Chicago, including a career-high 27-game hittingstreak in May 1997. Belle came close to having another 50/50 season in 1998,with 49 home runs (a White Sox team record that still stands) and 48 doubles.He also drove in 152 runs to break Zeke Bonura's single-season franchise recordof 138 in 1936 (to date, the RBI total also remains a White Sox single-seasonrecord). Additionally, when Cal Ripken, Jr. ended his record consecutive gamestreak in September 1998, it was Belle who took over as the major leagues'active leader in the category.
Belle's White Sox contract had an unusual clause allowinghim to demand that he would remain one of the three highest paid players inbaseball. In October 1998, Belle invoked the clause, and when the White Soxdeclined to give him a raise, Belle immediately became a free agent. Belleagain became the game's highest paid player, signing a five-year, $65 million($90,683,180 today) deal with the Baltimore Orioles. However, Belle ended hiscareer just two seasons later, retiring at age 34 as a result of degenerativeosteoarthritis in his hip. However, he was kept on Baltimore's active 40-manroster for the next three years, as a condition of the insurance policy whichlargely reimbursed the Orioles for the remainder of Belle's contract.
Albert Belle homered in the final at-bat of his major-leaguecareer at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 1, 2000.
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Posted on 4 February 2016 | 6:36 pm
This coming July four Former Cleveland Indians players will be inducted into the teams Hall of Fame. Two of the Indians, Jim Thome and Albert Belle, helped the Indians fuel many victories behind their power hitting in the 90s. Charlie Jamieson was a part of the Indians 1920 World Series Championship team. Frank Robinson the fourth member being inducted was not only one of the greatest...[Read More]
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