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If you look at the Wikipedia article on Albert Belle you will find that the section on his controversies is longer than his accomplishments.  He fought with sportswriters, with fans, with other players and his temper was legendary.  So was his prowess with a bat.

Albert Belle may have been the most feared sluggers of the 1990’s.  He was the first 50/50 man (doubles and home runs) in baseball.  He pounded out extra base hits by the truckload, and was able to generate a decent Batting Average.  He was a constant Triple Crown threat as he was to win the MVP Award.  In fact, Belle was jobbed out of the 1995 MVP to Mo Vaughan likely due to the hatred of the baseball media towards him.

Albert Belle retired at the age of 34 due to a degenerative hip, though he quit his baseball career before his numbers declined to an unproductive state.  The bad will that the writers had towards Belle meant that he would have had to accumulate numbers that they could not ignore.  As he did not hit them, they dropped him off the ballot after two years.  If the writers only looked at what he did on the field instead of off of it (as they should), it is hard for them to justify why his vote tally was so low.

Should Albert Belle be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 59.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 9.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 2006
  • Position: Designated Hitter, Outfield
  • Played For: Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 5 Time All Star (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997)
    Silver Slugger (5) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1998)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (2) (AL) (1995 & 1998)
    Highest OPS (1) (AL) (1998)
    Highest OPS+ (1) (AL) (1998)
    Most Runs Scored (1) (AL) (1995)
    Most Total Bases (3) (AL) 1994, 1995 & 1998)
    Most Doubles (1) (AL) (1995)
    Most Home Runs (1) (AL) (1995)
    Most Runs Batted In (3) (AL) (1993, 1995 & 1996)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (2) (AL) (1995 & 1998)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1993, 7th), (AL: 1994, 3rd), (AL: 1995, 2nd), (AL: 1996, 3rd) & (AL: 1998, 8th)
    The Sporting News Player of the Year (1995)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentages)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 13. Slugging Percentage: .564
    32. OPS: .933
    70. Home Runs: 381
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2006: 7.7
    2007: 3.5
  • Should be Inducted As A: Cleveland Indian

Should Albert Belle be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 59.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 9.1%

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0 #7 Michael tabor 38 2017-08-24 03:42
Best hitter in baseball in the Mid 90s (outside of Griffey JR He was Feared like Bonds. If he didn't get hurt he's a shoe in. Same if he wasent a jerk or won a few world series's!
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+2 #6 Stefano Milano 2015-09-21 18:18
Give the man credit for elevating MLB with his on the field performance. He was a scrapper, and if his field was hockey he would have made it his first year. Sports writers, show some class here and reward a great baseball player.
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+1 #5 Stefano Milano 2015-09-21 18:16
He was a great player with a solid playing record. No other player has accomplished his 50/50 performance. He was not a saint, but he made baseball exciting as he played at a very high level. If he were a hockey player he would have made the HOF in his first year. Sports writers get real here, at least he didn't use PED's. Give the man his shot at the HOF.
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0 #4 John Roberts 2015-07-30 01:56
Talk about bad luck. I think writers notice round numbers. Were it not for his injury he would likely have had 10 consecutive seasons of 100 RBI's which would have been difficult to ignore
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0 #3 Lawrence Millstein 2014-03-10 08:44
He was a great ballplayer h belong in the hof they put kirby in with his short carreer why not his
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0 #2 Lawrence Millstein 2014-03-10 08:42
I hated the dude but his # were than any bodys for so long his numbers were like jim rice # back in the 70s but he had longer stretch of greatness and he was decent out fielder kirbys ang manny griffys numbers are better in one way they stayef longer alberte bells # were more consitent early vilad sguerroros # were better in the fielding and running this man blongs in hof way before now the writters are wrong about him
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-1 #1 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
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