Today in Tribe History: March 8, 2001
In a press release, the Baltimore Orioles announce Albert Belle, “has been found to be totally disabled and unable to perform as a Major League baseball player,” due to a degenerative right hip. The Orioles will place the 34-year-old outfielder on the 60-day disabled list thus beginning the process which conforms to the procedure set forth by MLB in the case of a totally disabling and permanent injury to a player. Albert Belle spent the first eight seasons of his career (1989-96) with the Cleveland Indians. He developed a reputation as one of the league’s premier power hitters and is the only player in MLB history to hit at least 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season.