Baltimore's Belle Retires

An arthritic hip has brought an end to the career of Baltimore Oriole slugger Albert Belle, 34, the team announced with little fanfare on Thursday. It said, in part, that the media-shy Belle was “totally disabled and unable to perform as a major league baseball player.” Belle was reportedly examined by two team doctors on Wednesday and found to have a severe case of degenerative arthritis of the right hip. Belle hit 381 homers and drove in 1,239 runs over 12 seasons. He remains the only player to have 50 homers and 50 doubles in one season, a record he pulled off in 1995.

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