16 Years Later: Time Has Changed Albert Belle Dramatically

By CDR
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Photo Credit: Jordan Bastian/Twitter

Every time Albert Belle stepped up to the plate during his career, you felt the pitcher’s heartbeat from your own living room. The former MLB outfielder was intense and had his best years with the Cleveland Indians, but also had the opportunity to play for the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.

Aside from being an intimidator, Albert Belle was also very consistent. It seemed like Belle was hitting over 30 homeruns and 100 RBIs every season. Albert Belle was one of the leading sluggers of his time and one of the greatest baseball players that ever ran out onto the field.

Today, Albert Belle decided to surprise the Indians by visiting the team’s baseball camp. At first glance, it was difficult to believe that time could change a person that quickly. The “intimidator” as Belle was mostly known to be during his baseball career was no longer intimidating. Belle’s grayish hair and beard made him almost unnoticeable. Of course, the four-year All-Star kept his smile, which fans never really got to see due to his aggressive personality. Nonetheless, it’s always great to see how MLB players are doing after they have retired. From the looks of it, Albert Belle is doing just fine.

Photo Credit: Jordan Bastian/Twitter

Albert Belle enjoyed the rest of his day joking around with his former teammates, such as Sandy Alomar Jr., Carlos Baerga [who could ever forget this guy’s awkward running style], Mike Hargrove, and Kenny Lofton [Kenny looks like he never changed].

It felt like 1995 all over again.

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14 Responses to 16 Years Later: Time Has Changed Albert Belle Dramatically

  1. Intense was a kind way to describe Albert during his more aggressive times. He played the game downright angry. I had heard he had softened up a bit in recent times and it is good to see and hear he is apparently healthy and happy. If there are true “warriors” in baseball, he’s at the top of that list.

    • CDR says:

      Thanks for the comment Bruce! If there was a hitter that pitchers were always scared to face, it was definitely Albert Belle! Definitely a “true warrior.”

  2. I think it is awesome when past players that had a great career with a team still care about the franchise and the younger players that are on that team!

    Thanks for the post! This means something to me because it’s like Kings players in the past, it matters!

    • CDR says:

      You’re right Bobby. It’s always great when players remember where they were loved as an athlete. Time might’ve changed how Albert Belle looks, but it certainly didn’t change his love and passion for the Cleveland Indians and the game itself.

  3. Holy Toledo…that’s Albert Belle? Not that he looks terrible or something, but I would have never recognized him.

    • CDR says:

      It’s exactly the reason why we posted this article on the site Jed. It kind of caught us off guard as well. It’s funny how time passes us by, but like Bruce said in his comment… it’s great that the guy still looks happy and healthy. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most.

  4. tophatal says:

    CDR

    We should thank Albert and his then agent Scott Boras for bringing the game not only into disrepute but also about being about the haves and have nots! Simply look at the payrolls of the teams from those with the largest and the lowest to see the disparities? And there are idiots who claim they understand the economics of baseball and claim that there’s nothing wrong at all. Now you know the game is in such a damn mess not only from a competitive standpoint but also from a financial one as well!

    tophatal ……….

    • CDR says:

      I hear you Alan. MLB is in such a mess that it’s going to take a while before everything is cleaned up. From a competitive, financial, and even popularity standpoint, the game has certainly taken a step back.

  5. chappy81 says:

    I used to love watching the man hit. He looks like he aged 30 years in those last 16, let’s hope it’s not because he was on PED’s…

    • CDR says:

      It’s amazing how time can change a person so much. This is why people always say that it’s good to spend every minute of your life like it’s your last, no matter how cliche it sounds.

  6. Nice piece, man.

    You’re right. Belle was a beast back in the day.

    381 career homers, .295 career .

    I’d say he’s the very definition of bubble Hall of Famer.

    • CDR says:

      Thanks Chris. Everyone knew how deadly of a hitter Belle was back then. Time certainly didn’t benefit the guy, but at least Albert is now smiling instead of being angry all the time.

  7. Fragnoli says:

    It is good to see Belle looking happy. He was always a surly dude when he played. Feared but miserable. He never seemed to enjoy the game.

    • CDR says:

      You’re right! Belle seemed unhappy all the time, at least during his baseball years. His temper would always get the best of him. With that said, it’s good to see the guy now enjoying himself.

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