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Photo of the Day: Holy crap, Albert Belle looks old

Feb 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Since Albert Belle’s career ended rather abruptly after the 2000 season, we didn’t get to see him age all that much in the public eye.  He turned 34 in his last season and then just disappeared to wherever crazy, occasionally criminal elite power hitters go.  I picture a fortress carved in a foreboding mountain, for what it’s worth.

Today he showed up at Cleveland Indians camp where he met up with former 1990s Indians Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Sandy Alomar Jr. and manager Mike Hargrove and posed for this picture by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:

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Egads.  Lofton looks like he could still lead off for a major league team and Alomar looks like he could be a backup catcher.  I have no opinion about Baerga.  If you made me put either Mike Hargrove or Belle in a lineup today, based on that pic alone, I’d go with Grover.

  1. fellspointbird - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Ah, bittersweet Oriole memories. His signing ushered in the end of Baltimore’s competitive days… as well as his own.

    • DJ MC - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      MASN is showing the top 20 games in Oriole Park history for the 20th anniversary of the park. Yesterday they re-ran number nine, which was the Turn-Ahead-The-Clock game against the Angels on July 25, 1999. It is also the day Belle hit three homers, including one with two outs in the ninth off of Troy Percival.

      He was a beast when the Orioles signed him, and a beast his first year. It’s just such a shame he got hurt.

  2. koufaxmitzvah - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    When I did my MLB stadium tour across America back in ’93, I ended up in Cleveland for the summer solstice. The longest day of the year had the Indians facing the Brewers in a game between 6th and 7th place teams. 2-1 “night” ballgame, won by a Baerga base hit, and ended before the sun finished setting.

    Ah, to be young and free and visiting Cleveland.

  3. nolanwiffle - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    In my opinion Baerga has a bigger than average melon perched atop his shoulders.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Stalking an ex-girlfriend can age a man.

    • vivabear - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Maybe trying to run down trick-or-treaters with you pickup truck can too?

  5. marshmallowsnake - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Rare phenomenon here…Belle has a smile on his face!

  6. florida76 - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Carlos Baerga, like Ruben Sierra, was putting together a Hall of Fame type career early on, but then declined rapidly. Had Belle remained healthy, he could have put together impressive career numbers. The Cleveland teams of the 90s came close to winning it all, don’t believe the Tribe has won a world title since 1948.

  7. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Ah, what could’ve been. So close…. This still gave me warm fuzzies, though.

  8. mgscott - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Ouch, Albert looks old.

  9. ezthinking - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    They’d make a mean slo-pitch squad.

  10. hushbrother - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    A hip injury ended Belle’s career. Makes you wonder if the old man walks with a cane now.

    Baerga, on the other hand … well, who knows what happened to him?

  11. burgundyandgold - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Be easy on him. He is a stay at home Dad with four ( that’s 4) daughters. Given that I think he looks pretty good.

  12. joeflaccosunibrow - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Stealing all that money from the Orioles stressed him out

  13. bbk1000 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    jeez, you go gray and you look old….what a shocker…

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