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ALBERT BELLE RUMORS & GOSSIP

Batgate: The crazy story of Albert Belle's corked bat (Video)

Most Indians fans will never forget the story of "Batgate", a controversy involving a corked bat used by Albert Belle and confiscated by umpires in a game against the White Sox on July 15, 1994. On that fateful day back in '94, Jason Grimsley, Belle's teammate at the time, went to great lengths to heist the confinscated bat in hopes of protecting the Tribe slugger. 20 years later...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
29 days ago  |  Discuss

The Case for Albert Belle’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on January 6th and will inevitably be the topic of heated debate for weeks after. This will be the first in a series of posts making the argument for a number of former Indians’ hall of fame candidacy. Albert Belle is no longer eligible to be elected into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America (“BBWAA”...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Book Excerpt: “Glory Days in Tribe Town” by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton

Editor’s Note: In the new book “Glory Days in Tribe Town” (softcover $15.95/ebook $9.99), Terry Pluto teams up with legendary broadcaster Tom Hamilton to tell the story of the Cleveland Indians of the 1990s. The 336-page book also includes personal recollections from dozens of Tribe fans. This excerpt looks at Albert Belle’s stunning career and his superstations on and off...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Today In Tribe History: September 19, 1995

Cleveland slugger Albert Belle leads off three innings against three different Chicago pitchers with solo home runs in an 8-2 victory for the Indians over the White Sox. The Indians left fielder has hit five home runs in the last two games to tie a Major League record. He increases his batting average to .318 with his 3-for-4 day at the plate, which also included a first inning...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: July 15, 1994

In the 1st inning at Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox manager Gene Lamont accuses Cleveland Indians slugger Albert Belle of using a corked bat. Umpire Dave Phillips confiscates the bat and stores it in the umps’ dressing room. In a Mission Impossible caper revealed in 1999, the Indians’ Jason Grimsley crawls 100 feet along a ceiling, drops down into the dressing room, and exchanges...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

“So this David Justice is Albert Belle’s Replacement?” Reliving Yesteryear

After forty seasons, all of Cleveland was awash in the excitement of playoff baseball. John Hart had completed what Hank Peters had begun. In the late 1980s, working under the anonymity of yet another Indians rebuild, Peters began collecting the building blocks of a true big league powerhouse. He and Hart famously identified a pool of young players who they considered worthy of long...
Via Waiting For Next Year
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Great Albert Belle Bat Caper: Reliving Yesteryear

Of course, the Chicago White Sox will neither confirm nor deny. Certainly, the Sox employ national, regional, area and international scouts for amateur prospects. All teams do. But their major league player acquisition strategy appears to be one of a kind. History bears it out. Sources speculate that a certain baseball expert holds formal tryouts with the entire roster of the Cleveland...
Via Waiting For Next Year
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Top 20 Moments in Jacobs Field History: Albert Belle Takes Lee Smith Deep

The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the ... Read More
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: March 8, 2001

In a press release, the Baltimore Orioles announce Albert Belle, “has been found to be totally disabled and unable to perform as a Major League baseball player,” due to a degenerative right hip. The Orioles will place the 34-year-old outfielder on the 60-day disabled list thus beginning the process which conforms to the procedure set forth by MLB in the case of a totally disabling...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Madness: First Energy Region semi-finals results

Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the semi-finals round of the First Energy Region where two players move on and two are eliminated. For an overview of how the tournament works, go here. For a profile of each player in this region, go here. #11 OF Tito Francona (1959) vs. #2 SP Vean Gregg (1911) April: Gregg 45, Francona 42 When a number 11 seed makes it to the third...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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