An unliked star

Bill James’ “Historical Baseball Abstract” is one of my favorite tomes to thumb through. The book basically takes you through the history of The National Pastime. One of the best features is when he ranked the 100 best players at every position. The write-ups are varied. Some are long. Some are short. Some are heavy on the statistics. Some are heavy on anecdotes.
When he ranked Albert Belle – one of baseball’s best villains – No. 20 among right fielders, he said he would try to name 10 good things about the fearsome slugger.

“No. 7. He has never appeared on the Jerry Springer Show.”

So far as I can tell, that remains a true statement

For me, if Belle had had Jim Thome’s personality or Adrien Beltre’s charisma, he’d have been one of the most popular players in the history of the sport.

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