Found February 29, 2012 on
My uncle Frank is response for my deep love affair with the game of baseball from the onset of my childhood. He had one favorite Cleveland Indians player, Albert Belle.
I took to rooting for Belle to struggle as we bet monetary amounts that kids bet and and never intend on paying with my horse in the race being my own favorite, Dodgers Darryl Strawberry. It wasn’t smart, and Albert Belle always finished with better numbers from those 1991-1993 years that we held those bets. My uncle never made me pony up.
You don’t realize how long ago that was until you learn that Albert Belle is now 45 years old. One of the most prolific power hitters of my childhood was in camp with the Indians yesterday.
We’re all getting older, I guess.
Here’s a video of the 1995 Cleveland Indians playing a scrimmage with the minor league affiliate in Buffalo. All of the regulars like Belle, and Eddie Murray look thrilled to be playing in the 30 degree April weather. If you didn’t have an appreciation for how...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
STILL POUNDING IT
It was 1990s reunion today at the Cleveland Indians spring training camp in Arizona. Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga & Sandy Alomar got together to chat about whatever old Indians chat about at Spring Training. The big news: Albert Belle is a Chipotle burrito away from bursting at the seams. It’s not that the guy was ever a picture of health, but old boy hasn’t been hitting...
See kids, this is what happens when you get all jacked up in your prime and then stop exercising. Fortunately for Albert Belle, he retired before things really got out of hand with steroid testing. We’re not saying the former Indians slugger took anything he shouldn’t have, but it certainly can’t be ruled out given his size and the time period in which he played. As you can...
This is Mr. Freeze? Albert Belle visited the Cleveland Indians' spring training complex on Tuesday and seemed a lot less angry than many of remember him. Flanked by former Indians teammates Kenny Lofton and Carlos Baerga, Belle did not resemble the 1995 American League MVP runner-up who once pointed to his bicep when Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy accused him of using a corked...
GOODYEAR, ARIZONA (AP) - Albert Belle came back to the Indians.
Once one of the game's most feared hitters, Belle made a surprise visit to Cleveland's spring training complex Tuesday and spent most of the morning reminiscing with former teammates Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Sandy Alomar and manager Mike Hargrove about the days when the Indians ruled the AL.
Albert Belle came back to the Indians.
Once one of the game's most feared hitters, Belle made a surprise visit to Cleveland's spring training complex Tuesday and spent most of the morning reminiscing with former teammates Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Sandy Alomar and manager Mike Hargrove about the days when the Indians ruled the AL. Belle had not been back to see the club...
Albert Jojuan Belle
4 Time All-Star (1993-1996), 3 Time Silver Slugger (1994-1996), Top 10 MVP (1993-1996)
Proof that temperatures really are warming up . . . Sooner than later, Albert Belle will get elected to the Indians' Hall of Fame. It would help if he: A) Still isn't ripping them for the Cliff Lee trade...
They say time heals all wounds. If there is one guy who will test that theory, it is LeBron James. In 15 years, assuming he never comes back to play in Cleveland, will people ever forgive him for how he left us all in the dust? I just can’t see that ever happening. Clevelanders have a long memory of being left at the dance for a prettier girl.
But more than a decade before there...
Albert Belle stood outside the Indians' complex on Tuesday morning, his back against a wall as reporters swarmed around him. Given his controversial and confrontational past, it was a scene that might have stirred a sleeping giant.
Albert Belle still casts a formidable shadow over the Indians, and the contentious slugger who was once the most intimidating hitter in baseball surprised the team this week.
It’s Albert Belle. I think this may actually be the first time I’ve seen him ever smile.
Albert Belle came back to the Indians.
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (AP) - The hair and beard are mostly gray. The scowl is gone, a smile in its place.Albert Belle still casts a formidable shadow over the Cleveland Indians, and Tuesday the contentious slugger _ who was once the most intimidating hitter in baseball _ made a surprise visit ...
The hair and beard are mostly gray. The scowl is gone, a smile in its place.
What should the Browns give up for RG3 if they believe he's the guy? Is Albert Belle's presence at Indians spring training a sign his relationship to the team is warming? Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto answered those questions and more in his weekly podcast.