Callahan wrote:Just wondering if anyone knew if there have ever been any statistical projections for Albert Belle, had he not developed his hip condition.....
You're ASSUMING something.
Or, I think, FAILING to assume something.
I know it's unfair to raise the steroid issue without evidence, but.......I pretty much ASSUME he was a user.
It would help explain his unreal hitting stats AS WELL AS his unusual sudden physical disability.
As soon as McGWIRE had it happen (and once we found out what he probably had been doing), Belle was one of the first other guys I thought of.
So.......what I'm really saying is, I doubt that the hip condition was just incidental.
I think it was a result of exactly the same thing that had enabled him to hit like he did.
I think that without the stuff, he would have had a longer but less spectacular career.