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.