Albert Belle was probably the crankiest and sometimes meanest S.O.B. in the game back in his day. He’s not mellowed with age, as his interview with CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien reveals. Highlights:
- On his corked bat in 1994 – “I know Bobby Brown was [out to get me] because me and him had a few run-ins before as the American League president, so it was kind of his chance to get back at me, so he did.”
- On steroids allegations – “What people don’t remember about Albert Belle is, Albert Bell was living in a glass house. I’m sure if Albert Belle was doing steroids, somebody would have reported me a long time ago.”
- On losing the MVP to Mo Vaughn in 1995 – “If you ask every reporter who voted, they knew they should have been voting for me. It should have been the greatest landslide in MVP history. Just because some of them didn’t like me … they didn’t vote for me.”
He’s absolutely right on 1995. He’s full of crap on the corked bat. I don’t know what he did steroids-wise, but if your best defense is “well, someone would have said something already, yes?” you’re not exactly offering a full-throated denial.
Guy was a horse’s ass back in the day and he’s in at least some amount of denial now. Still a hell of a ballplayer, though, so I kinda don’t care as long as he’s not committing felonies.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.