Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How good was Albert Belle from 1994-1996?

The answer is really, really good.

If you can get past the Halloween incident, the throwing the ball into the stands and injuring a fan incident, or the stalking, Albert Belle's career was excellent: .295/.369/.564/143 OPS+/381 HR.

On the Zambrano Scale, Belle was a 7, and that's without the benefit of the rooster in his ear. Despite the serious mental deficieinces, Belle put together such an outstanding three-year stretch from 1994-1996 with the Indians that no one cared.

.357/.438/.714/1.152/193 OPS+/36 HR
.317/.401/.690/1.091/177/50 HR
.311/.410/.623/1.033/158/48 HR

3-year average
.328/.416/.676/1.092/176/45 HR

Belle had a down year in 1997, his first with the Whitesox, but exploded again in 1998, putting together a .328/.399/.655 slash line with a 171 OPS+. Since retiring after the 2000 season, Belle is now a counselor and the assistant volleyball coach at Wennington High School.

Reccomended reading:

The Albert Belle Timeline

1 comment:

  1. Derwood Franklin: Not that it matters, since everyone else was as well - but there's no way in hell that guy wasn't juicing so much that he probably put some in his morning OJ (or beer) on a daily basis. Needles weren't enough.