Albert Belle politely requests an interview for the Indians' manager job
Belle's angry antics are the stuff of legend, and far too numerous to recount in just one blog post. Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer called Belle "the worst tempered player" he had ever covered. Belle's highlights included throwing hardballs at fans' heads, personally chasing off Hannah Storm with obscenities when she attempted an interview, forcing a teammate to break an entering to retrieve Belle's own corked bat, and most infamously, mowing down trick-or-treaters with his SUV. Fans of Belle's know that you do not call this man by the nickname "Joey" to his face.
Now older and wiser, Belle has requested an interview to manage the Cleveland Indians, the Plain Dealer reports. Belle emailed Indians President Mark Shapiro to request the interview, and told the Plain Dealer, "I'm just like Robin Ventura and Mike Matheny were last year," referring to ex-players who now manage MLB teams. "I'm sitting on my couch waiting for my phone to ring."
And wait he will. Albert Belle has never managed a baseball team at any level. He probably still owes the Indians organization money for all the stuff he smashed in the Indians locker room.
To be fair about the 'roid rage thing, Belle denies ever having used steroids. He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2009 that, "I was just an angry black man."
The Indians will interview their current interim manager Sandy Alomar, Jr. on Thursday. They are then scheduled to interview Terry Francona Friday. They will interview Albert Belle probably never.
Sandy Alomar has gone 2-2 as the Indians' interim skipper, with two more games against the White Sox remaining.