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Portrait of Albert Belle

Albert Belle LFIndians

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
14 6673 .295 .369 .564 140 47.6
Birth Date8-25-1966
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Age53 years, 1 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1989 CLE 22 62 234 49 8 4 7 12 55 2 2 2 .225 .269 .394 79 -5.0 -2.2 -0.6 -0.5
1990 CLE 23 9 25 4 0 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 .174 .208 .304 77 -0.6 -0.5 -0.1 -0.1
1991 CLE 24 123 496 130 31 2 28 25 99 5 3 1 .282 .323 .540 134 20.5 -3.4 -4.5 2.3
1992 CLE 25 153 650 152 23 1 34 52 128 4 8 2 .260 .320 .477 115 13.3 2.1 -4.2 2.1
1993 CLE 26 159 693 172 36 3 38 76 96 8 23 12 .290 .370 .552 144 40.2 -1.5 15.4 7.0
1994 CLE 27 106 480 147 35 2 36 58 71 5 9 6 .357 .438 .714 182 52.9 1.6 1.9 6.5
1995 CLE 28 143 629 173 52 1 50 73 80 6 5 2 .317 .401 .690 173 60.9 -1.0 7.4 8.0
1996 CLE 29 158 715 187 38 3 48 99 87 7 11 0 .311 .410 .623 162 62.2 -4.4 4.9 7.5
1997 CHA 30 161 701 174 45 1 30 53 105 6 4 4 .274 .332 .491 115 16.2 -4.2 1.2 2.7
1998 CHA 31 163 706 200 48 2 49 81 84 1 6 4 .328 .399 .655 164 59.1 -0.6 5.6 7.7
1999 BAL 32 161 722 181 36 1 37 101 82 7 17 3 .297 .400 .541 139 41.2 -0.9 -13.8 3.6
2000 BAL 33 141 622 157 37 1 23 52 68 4 0 5 .281 .342 .474 105 8.0 -4.0 -5.4 0.9
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1987 KIN A+ CRL 10 45 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 WLO A MDW 9 29 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 KIN A+ CRL 41 171 .000 .000 .000 .380 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 CLE MLB AL 62 234 .257 .317 .375 .266 97 -3.1 6.1 -2.6 79 15 -0.6 -2.2 -5.0 -0.5
1989 CAN AA EAS 89 350 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 CLE MLB AL 9 25 .248 .319 .368 .188 100 -0.5 0.7 -0.4 77 18 -0.1 -0.5 -0.6 -0.1
1990 CAN AA EAS 9 35 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 CSP AAA PCL 24 101 .000 .000 .000 .373 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 CLE MLB AL 123 496 .259 .326 .394 .301 97 22.4 13.4 -4.7 134 10 -4.5 -3.4 20.5 2.3
1991 CSP AAA PCL 16 66 .000 .000 .000 .353 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 CLE MLB AL 153 650 .256 .323 .379 .274 105 11.6 16.9 -8.5 115 8 -4.2 2.1 13.3 2.1
1993 CLE MLB AL 159 693 .264 .334 .403 .283 101 35.6 19.9 -5.2 144 10 15.4 -1.5 40.2 7.0
1994 CLE MLB AL 106 480 .278 .346 .443 .359 101 59.9 14.6 -3.6 182 12 1.9 1.6 52.9 6.5
1995 CLE MLB AL 143 629 .272 .345 .430 .293 98 62.2 18.8 -4.5 173 8 7.4 -1.0 60.9 8.0
1996 CLE MLB AL 158 715 .278 .349 .448 .293 100 65.1 22.1 -5.6 162 6 4.9 -4.4 62.2 7.5
1997 CHA MLB AL 161 701 .270 .340 .427 .284 96 11.9 19.3 -5.3 115 9 1.2 -4.2 16.2 2.7
1998 CHA MLB AL 163 706 .270 .335 .430 .308 100 64.8 19.2 -5.2 164 8 5.6 -0.6 59.1 7.7
1999 BAL MLB AL 161 722 .272 .343 .435 .291 97 37.4 20.2 -8.6 139 7 -13.8 -0.9 41.2 3.6
2000 BAL MLB AL 141 622 .277 .344 .446 .282 84 15.9 19.6 -8.4 105 8 -5.4 -4.0 8.0 0.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1987 KIN A+ CRL 45 37 5 12 2 0 3 23 9 8 16 0 1 .324 .444 .622 .297 0 0
1988 WLO A MDW 29 28 2 7 1 0 1 11 2 1 9 0 0 .250 .276 .393 .143 0 0
1988 KIN A+ CRL 171 153 21 46 16 0 8 86 39 18 45 2 0 .301 .374 .562 .261 0 0
1989 CLE MLB AL 234 218 22 49 8 4 7 86 37 12 55 2 2 .225 .269 .394 .170 2 0
1989 CAN AA EAS 350 312 48 88 20 0 20 168 69 32 82 8 4 .282 .356 .538 .256 0 0
1990 CAN AA EAS 35 32 4 8 1 0 0 9 3 3 7 0 0 .250 .314 .281 .031 0 0
1990 CSP AAA PCL 101 96 16 33 3 1 5 53 19 5 16 4 3 .344 .376 .552 .208 0 0
1990 CLE MLB AL 25 23 1 4 0 0 1 7 3 1 6 0 0 .174 .208 .304 .130 0 1
1991 CLE MLB AL 496 461 60 130 31 2 28 249 95 25 99 3 1 .282 .323 .540 .258 5 0
1991 CSP AAA PCL 66 61 9 20 3 2 2 33 16 2 8 1 1 .328 .359 .541 .213 0 0
1992 CLE MLB AL 650 585 81 152 23 1 34 279 112 52 128 8 2 .260 .320 .477 .217 8 1
1993 CLE MLB AL 693 594 93 172 36 3 38 328 129 76 96 23 12 .290 .370 .552 .263 14 1
1994 CLE MLB AL 480 412 90 147 35 2 36 294 101 58 71 9 6 .357 .438 .714 .357 4 1
1995 CLE MLB AL 629 546 121 173 52 1 50 377 126 73 80 5 2 .317 .401 .690 .374 4 0
1996 CLE MLB AL 715 602 124 187 38 3 48 375 148 99 87 11 0 .311 .410 .623 .312 7 0
1997 CHA MLB AL 701 634 90 174 45 1 30 311 116 53 105 4 4 .274 .332 .491 .216 8 0
1998 CHA MLB AL 706 609 113 200 48 2 49 399 152 81 84 6 4 .328 .399 .655 .327 15 0
1999 BAL MLB AL 722 610 108 181 36 1 37 330 117 101 82 17 3 .297 .400 .541 .244 4 0
2000 BAL MLB AL 622 559 71 157 37 1 23 265 103 52 68 0 5 .281 .342 .474 .193 7 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-03-28 2003-09-28 60-DL 184 162 Right Hip Arthritis -
2002-03-31 2002-09-30 60-DL 183 162 Right Hip Arthritis -
2001-03-09 2001-10-06 60-DL 211 161 Right Hip Arthritis -
2000-09-04 2000-09-26 DTD 22 20 Right Hip Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 BAL $13,000,000
2002 BAL $12,368,790
2001 BAL $12,049,040
2000 BAL $12,868,670
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$50,286,500
4 yrTotal$50,286,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 115 dArn Tellum5 yr/$65M (99-03)

Details
  • retired" 3/01 (BAL would not be obligated to pay final 3 years of contract had he officially retired)
  • actually put on DL & deemed unable to play, so he may collect $39M due him over last 3 years of contract (01-03) ($3M deferred each year) AND so BAL may collect on ins policy covering 70% of AB`s salary
  • full no-trade clause

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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BP Articles

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)Please look in your crystal ball and tell us about Matt Kemp's next 3 seasons.
(dbradley88 from SoCal)
Kemp is a fun one to look at because he could follow the Albert Belle path of killing the ball for two seasons and then being out of baseball forever, or he could play mediocre baseball for three years, or he could just keep on trucking with no issues.

If pressed I'd put a triple slash of .265/.325/.435 on him over the next three years maybe. That's pretty good on a bad hip! (Jeff Long)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which baseball player has the kindest eyes? The most inviting smile?
(Bryant from Oceanside, CA)
That's easy, Bryant: It's Albert Belle. (Geoff Young)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)#want seems to be quantifiable. What about #sparkle? I'd say, just guessing, that Albert Belle had 20 grade #sparkle.
(richardkr34 from Saint Paul, MN)
I love the idea of #sparkle. I'm sad that it didn't originate in my head. (Jason Parks)
2012-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dan, with great respect, I confess that I though ill of the White Sox in 1997. They had spent a fortune on bringing Albert Belle to the team - a guy who's behaviour made him hard to cheer for no matter how well he hit, then traded two of their star pitchers at the trading deadline (Wilson Alvarez and Roberto Hernandez) when they seemingly still had a chance at the division. Can you give us some explanatory background to these doings?
(hotstatrat from Canada)
That was an organizational decision, and it paid dividends in 2000 when the team, bolstered by the trade you mentioned (six or seven players in return from the Giants), won the Central Division title, as Foulke and Howry got a lot of our key outs in the final stages of games. (Dan Evans)
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)From the Indians in 90s, who on their roster had the most value?
(Paul from DC)
Offhand I'd guess Jim Thome was the most valuable during their run, followed by Albert Belle, who didn't stay for all of it, and Manny Ramirez, who was limited by his defense (not that Thome wasn't). I don't have the means to run a query at the moment to confirm this, but I'll see if I can get to something like that soon. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Top "bert" players by position (according to WARP): SP - Bert Blyleven, RP - Roberto Hernandez, C - Mike Lieberthal, 1B - Albert Pujols, 2B - Roberto Alomar, SS - Bert Campaneris, 3B - Alberto Callaspo, LF - Albert Belle, CF - Roberto Kelly, RF - Roberto Clemente, DH - Butch Alberts.
(bradleyankrom from TPAFLA)
Bradley Ankrom, folks. He does it all. Transactions browsers, prospects number-crunching, and All-Bert team stat queries. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)You mentioned Logan Morrison. I haven't heard much about his defense. Does he have any pluses at any position?
(Steve N from Delaware)
He casts a smaller shadow than Albert Belle, so he's sure to kill less grass standing out there. (Christina Kahrl)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay, I know Albert Belle is off the ballot, but I always believed that given the Kiby Puckett exemption for a career shortened by physical defect, he should have been a HOF. I don't recall your position back then and would love to know your thoughts
(jtwalsh from Northport, NY)
As much of a jerkass as we was, Belle exceeded the peak standards of a HOF left fielder. I had him on my JAWS ballot initially, and still consider him the second-best eligible left fielder outside the Hall. See http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9942 (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Albert Belle was called "Joey" when he made his major league debut and was a greater hitter during his career than Joey Votto is so far.
(Michael from Detroit, MI)
True, but if you relinquish the name mid-career, are you still entitled to be the best Joey? (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which baseball figure most closely resembles the career arc of Stringer Bell? What about Marlo Stanfield?
(Tom Haberstroh from CT)
This is a really important question. Stringer Bell reminds me a lot of Albert Belle, because he was so brilliant but only for a short time. Belle, like Bell, also did not like the media or police. Marlo Stanfield is most like the evil Yankees players in Major League, because he has no compassion and just looks really mean. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the Milton Bradley saga getting resolved?
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
Bradley will be involved in a four-team trade in which the Royals get Carl Everett, the Cubs get Albert Belle, and the Rangers get Charles Johnson's wife. (Eric Seidman)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)How good was Albert Belle's peak as compared to someone like Pujols now?
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
It's unfair to compare anyone to Pujols, who after this year will score out as one of the top 10 peaks of all time at any position. Belle's peak score of 53.2 is above the JAWS standards for a left fielder, though. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Since starting out this season 1-32, Elijah Dukes has hit .305/.402/.540. Is he going to be a superstar?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Has the problem with Dukes ever been his ability? I don't think he quite turns into Albert Belle if he gets his life in order, but it's pretty hard to have a career if you don't. (Derek Jacques)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why no love for Barry Bonds from ANY team? He could help pretty much every team in major league baseball, and his acquisition wouldn't cost any prospects! Isn't that worth a perceived PR hit?
(Dr. Wayne Pitcher from Castro Valley, CA)
I don't even buy the "PR hit" angle. So the guys on the beat bitch a bit, because mean old Barry will give them a few dead-eye stares. So what? Win some ballgames by scoring some runs, especially if you're short a left fielder--as Joe's talked about, he's not Albert Belle out there--or a DH. Any team that doesn't accept that is guilty of some sort of baseball malpractice. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, I was recently talking to a friend about the most "feared" hitters who are not in the Hall of Fame. I know that term was really beaten into the ground this past winter when discussing Jim Rice but still, there are some hitters that strike fear into you--either as a fan or an opposing pitcher. Who was the best and/or "most feared" hitters, in your subjective opinoin (in order): Dave Parker, Dick Allen, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Rice, Gary Sheffield, Edgar Martinez or Albert Belle?
(AlexBelth from Bronx, NY)
Yo, Alex! All of the hitters you mention certainly had the fear factor going for them in their prime, but as you say, that's a subjective thing, and subjectivity isn't really the way to go when it comes to sorting them out.

Neither Rice nor Parker had the plate discipline to keep them on the level with the rest of this group, so I'd put the two of them towards the back. Martinez is probably the toughest out, but lacking a bit of raw power relative to the rest of them. I'd put him and Strawberry in the middle. That leaves Allen, Shef, and Belle. Having never seen the former, I'm not sure I can fully grasp the visceral experience of watching him hit, I can only go by the numbers, and his numbers, compiled in an era of lower offense, suggest he was the best. But I'd quake in my boots at facing any of those three. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs RoundtableSteven: I think the fielder has the right to field the ball, so had Fowler run into Utley prior to the Utley having possession, it would have been interference.

The runner does have title to the baseline if the fielder has possession, which is why the Albert Belle/Fernando Vina play was legal and, in my eyes anyway, good hard-nosed baseball.
(Joe Sheehan)