I wonder why, if Belle was such a great player, in the two times his name was included on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot, he received 7.7% of the votes cast the first time and 3.5% the second time?
Because to be considered for the HOF you usually need to reach certain milestones......3,000 hits, 400 HRs......1,500 RBI.....career .300 average, etc. To reach these milestones generally requires 15 ML seasons. There are only a handful of players in the HOF with less than that. There is only 1 player from the modern era with less - Kirby Pucket who hit .318 (2,304 hits) in 11 seasons. Belle basically only played 10.5 seasons in the ML. He finished with 381 HR, 1,239 RBI and a .295 BA. Andre Dawson was elected with a .279 BA and 438 HR in 21 seasons. Ron Santo got in with 342 HR, 1,331 RBI and .277 BA in 15 seasons. Had Albert Belle played 15 there is no question he would be a HOFer no matter how big a prick he was to the media. Steve Carlton was just as big a prick but that doesn't erase 329 wins, 4,126 strikeouts and 4 Cy Young awards over 24 seasons.
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