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Albert Belle

2017 Hall of Fame Ballot: Today's Game Era Ballot, Albert Belle

On Monday, October 3, 2016, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the candidates for the first "Today's Game Era" ballot, the latest version of the Hall-of-Fame's Veterans' Committee. The ballot included five players. This is my second article looking at one of these players. This article looks at Albert Belle.

The first table below presents Albert Belle's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Albert Belle
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1989CLE22
62
6.46.90.481-0.3
0.2
6.36.90.475-0.40.1
1990CLE23
9
0.60.50.5110.0
0.1
0.40.50.434-0.1-0.0
1991CLE24
123
14.215.20.483-0.7
0.5
14.913.90.5180.31.5
1992CLE25
153
15.915.30.510-0.0
1.5
16.215.50.5110.01.6
1993CLE26
159
23.119.90.5381.3
3.0
23.319.80.5411.43.2
1994CLE27
106
16.712.30.5752.0
3.2
18.212.60.5912.63.9
1995CLE28
143
22.416.00.5832.9
4.4
22.316.80.5702.44.0
1996CLE29
158
23.718.30.5642.2
3.9
23.119.80.5391.12.9
1997CHA30
161
21.221.00.5030.0
1.7
20.019.20.5100.31.9
1998CHA31
163
22.920.00.5351.3
3.0
23.118.50.5552.13.8
1999BAL32
161
21.219.90.5160.0
1.7
21.518.80.5330.72.3
2000BAL33
141
16.818.80.473-1.3
0.2
16.117.40.482-0.90.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,539
205.1184.00.5277.3
23.5
205.3179.50.5349.625.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
18
2.61.90.577 0.52.51.80.576 0.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,557
207.6185.90.527
24.0
207.8181.40.534 26.2


At his best, Albert Belle was one of the greatest (most feared?) hitters in baseball. In 1994, Belle had a slash line of .357/.438/.714. In 1995, Belle hit 52 doubles and 50 home runs, scoring 121 runs and driving in 126. All four of those totals led the American League. And this was done in a 144-game schedule. In 1996, Albert Belle hit 48 home runs, drove in 148 runs, and put up his third straight OPS over 1.000 (1.033). In 1998, Belle batted .328/.399/.655 with 49 home runs and 152 RBI.

Unfortunately, Belle slumped somewhat in 1999 and 2000 before suffering a career-ending injury. For his career, he had a slash line of .295/.369/.564 with 381 home runs and 1,239 RBI. To put these in context, Jim Rice hit 382 career home runs but drove in 1,451 runs.

But from 1993 - 1998, Albert Belle was a terrific hitter. The next table shows the top 10 players in batting wins over non-pitcher average over these six years.

Top Batters, 1993 - 1998
eWins eLosses eWOPA
1Barry Bonds94.856.917.5
2Frank E. Thomas88.759.714.5
3Jeff Bagwell89.258.314.1
4Mark McGwire65.236.414.1
5Albert Belle89.965.212.3
6Ken Griffey Jr.80.657.611.4
7Mike Piazza81.255.911.3
8Edgar Martinez68.148.110.0
9Tim Salmon76.556.99.7
10Jim Thome64.545.19.7

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Belle didn't bring a lot more to the table than his batting, but, of course, batting is a pretty big key to winning baseball games. The final table, then, shows the top 10 players in eWins over replacement level over the same six seasons.

Top Players, 1993 - 1998 (sorted by eWORL)
eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Greg Maddux93.457.622.029.4
2Barry Bonds141.894.919.829.3
3Ken Griffey Jr.113.784.614.522.6
4Craig Biggio130.0107.512.021.5
5J. Kevin Brown82.559.714.121.4
6Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson76.750.414.421.2
7Roger Clemens80.655.713.721.2
8Mike Piazza97.071.713.720.6
9Jeff Bagwell114.177.112.320.0
10Albert Belle130.0106.610.019.6


Belle's peak was, I think, ultimately neither high enough nor long enough to warrant the Hall of Fame. But, at his best, Albert Belle was certainly one of the best players in Major League Baseball.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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