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 Posted: Thu Jul 18th, 2019 10:17 pm
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Big Garea Fan


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Worst contract in Baltimore Orioles history. Orioles fans today are still bitter over it.
Belle signed for five years and $65 million. The Orioles thought they were stealing the slugger away from the New York Yankees. Instead, they got an angry man with a chronic hip condition.
He had a splendid first year, hitting 37 home runs with 117 RBIs, a .297 average and a .400 on-base percentage.
On the day Belle hit three home runs, he decided to talk to the press for the first and only time that season. He spoke, not in the Orioles clubhouse, but in the press dining room and chose the occasion to denounce a beat writer.
Belle broke down late in 2000, and didn’t play the final three years of his contract. He was on his way to a Hall of Fame career, but it was over at 33. He wasn’t missed
Many teammates say he was understood because in his prime, Belle rarely missed a game, but the contract gnawed at the Orioles for years afterwards.