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Friday, September 16, 2011

LSU baseball: Former LSU baseball player Terry Belle killed in car accident

Former LSU baseball player Terry Belle, twin brother of former Tiger Albert “Joey” [Belle] died in a car accident last Saturday in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Belle, 45, earned three letters from 1985-88 and played on LSU’s first two College World Series teams. He batted .276 in 135 career games with 11 homers and 65 RBI.

Belle’s two children were in the car with him at the time of the accident, but were apparently unharmed. RIP.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 16, 2011 at 03:24 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Russ Posted: September 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM (#3926719)
Very, very sad, but another example of the importance of having your kids ride in the back seat. I'm thinking that I won't let my son ride in the front seat until he's at least 25.
   2. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: September 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM (#3926731)
Makes me wonder if seat belts were in use.

Of course, any fatality story in my old newspaper in Little Rock (employer of at least one fellow Primate even as I type) would have omitted that detail, per the insane executive editor's order, who considered it propaganda. Something to do with his being a libertarian (but, having noted he was insane, I repeat myself), which also manifested itself in his insistence that all prisoner executions go on page 3B, including the nation's first triple execution in some 5 decades.

(I was night city editor for that fiasco, so I've never gotten over it. I'll be very, very disappointed in myself if I ever do. The executions were considered newsworthy enough for me to be interviewed [via phone, of course] about them on Australian ####### radio, for godssakes.)
   3. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: September 16, 2011 at 11:50 AM (#3926732)
I'm tired of all these...fatal crashes.

RIP.
   4. Accent Shallow Posted: September 16, 2011 at 04:34 PM (#3926962)
Very sad.

Isn't it a bit odd that you have a set of twins, where one is a HoF caliber talent, and the other never played affiliated ball?
   5. phredbird Posted: September 16, 2011 at 05:31 PM (#3927026)
Isn't it a bit odd that you have a set of twins, where one is a HoF caliber talent, and the other never played affiliated ball?


it points out two things:

1. the fact that identical twins are not truly 'identical'

2. at the MLB level incremental differences in talent are in high relief.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 16, 2011 at 06:02 PM (#3927070)
I didn't know Albert had a twin brother--are there any other well-known MLB players who had an identical twin brother? I don't know of any, except Canseco, of course.
   7. Bob Evans Posted: September 16, 2011 at 06:38 PM (#3927122)
I don't think they were identical, phredbird.

I read somewhere that both he and Albert graduated top 10 in their HS class (like, 5 and 6). Impressive if true.
   8. Accent Shallow Posted: September 16, 2011 at 06:47 PM (#3927136)
Wiki says they were fraternal, rather than identical twins.
   9. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: September 16, 2011 at 06:49 PM (#3927141)
I read somewhere that both he and Albert graduated top 10 in their HS class (like, 5 and 6). Impressive if true.


I believe Albert graduated with an Accounting degree from LSU and was an Eagle Scout. Sometimes I think he was treated unfairly by the media. Kind of like Milton Bradley.
   10. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 16, 2011 at 06:52 PM (#3927145)
I remember hearing that Albert had a very high IQ. In the picture with the article, Terry looks like a benevolent Albert, but Albert may have looked like that in college too.
   11. Sweatpants Posted: September 16, 2011 at 06:57 PM (#3927149)
are there any other well-known MLB players who had an identical twin brother?
Edd Roush had a twin brother (dunno if they were identical) who played in the minors.
   12. Sweatpants Posted: September 16, 2011 at 06:58 PM (#3927152)
I believe Albert graduated with an Accounting degree from LSU and was an Eagle Scout. Sometimes I think he was treated unfairly by the media. Kind of like Milton Bradley.
At the very least, he was treated unfairly by kids with eggs.
   13. MM1f Posted: September 16, 2011 at 07:11 PM (#3927161)
I believe Albert graduated with an Accounting degree from LSU and was an Eagle Scout. Sometimes I think he was treated unfairly by the media. Kind of like Milton Bradley.

I don't remember the rep on Albert ever being that he was a dumb guy. The rep on him was that he was a jerk.

Being a smart guy with good grades and a degree doesn't mean it is unfair for the media to point it out when you're being a jerk.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 16, 2011 at 07:26 PM (#3927177)
I don't remember the rep on Albert ever being that he was a dumb guy. The rep on him was that he was a jerk.


In fairness, the Eagle Scout thing would tend to contradict that somewhat.

The Immoral Eric Enders wrote a piece about Belle a few years back that's somewhat relevant here. I don't think he's as good a guy as Eric does, but neither do I think he's the cartoon supervillain he's often portrayed as being in the media. Real people are more complicated than that.
   15. phredbird Posted: September 16, 2011 at 07:53 PM (#3927204)
I don't think they were identical, phredbird.


oops. but my point still holds when you look at the cansecos and roushes.
   16. Swedish Chef Posted: September 16, 2011 at 08:00 PM (#3927208)
In fairness, the Eagle Scout thing would tend to contradict that somewhat.

On the other hand, the stalking of his ex does confirm that Belle is in fact a jerk.
   17. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 16, 2011 at 08:03 PM (#3927214)
None of the good guys are ever as good as they're made out to be and none of the bad guys are ever as bad as they're made out to be.
   18. phredbird Posted: September 16, 2011 at 08:08 PM (#3927220)
btw, albert belle was on course to overtake mel ott as the best Louisiana native MLB player ever before his career was shortened.
   19. Bob Evans Posted: September 16, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3927225)
but my point still holds when you look at the cansecos

Did Ozzie C. do the same drugs as Jose? Seriously, there's a difference maker.
   20. Bob Evans Posted: September 16, 2011 at 08:11 PM (#3927227)
Being a smart guy with good grades and a degree doesn't mean it is unfair for the media to point it out when you're being a jerk.

True. My focus was on how neat it would be to be the parent of two really really good students like that.
   21. Ron J Posted: September 16, 2011 at 08:13 PM (#3927228)
#3 Well played. I was wondering whether anybody could make the meme work in such circumstances.
   22. Swedish Chef Posted: September 16, 2011 at 08:19 PM (#3927233)
none of the bad guys are ever as bad as they're made out to be.

Lenny Dykstra is doing his damnedest to disprove that.
   23. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 16, 2011 at 08:42 PM (#3927252)
RIP Mr. Belle, and my condolences to his family.

I believe Albert graduated with an Accounting degree from LSU and was an Eagle Scout. Sometimes I think he was treated unfairly by the media. Kind of like Milton Bradley.


Not that I think Bradley was treated completely fairly by the press, but it seems like his defenders here always want to forget the domestic violence allegations against him.

Did Ozzie C. do the same drugs as Jose? Seriously, there's a difference maker.

According to Jose, yes he did.

"Let me give you a perfect example. I have an identical twin brother, Ozzie. He is the closest thing to me genetically...My twin brother used the same chemicals, same workouts, the same nutrition. Why didn't he make it in the big leagues?"


Of course, Jose neglects to mention the fact that his brother was raised as a pitcher, and wasn't converted into a full-time position player until he was a 21-year-old in A-ball. If Ozzie had focused on hitting all his life like Jose did, he might have had a more successful MLB career.
   24. bads85 Posted: September 16, 2011 at 09:15 PM (#3927271)
At the very least, he was treated unfairly by kids with eggs.


They weren't kids; they were legal adults. That doesn't mean it is okay to use the fender of your SUV to pin them to a garage door until the cops arrive, but they were dumbasses over the age of 18.
   25. Athletic Supporter is trying to remember your name Posted: September 16, 2011 at 10:08 PM (#3927299)
They weren't kids; they were legal adults. That doesn't mean it is okay to use the fender of your SUV to pin them to a garage door until the cops arrive


Crap, looks like I've been doing it wrong.
   26. Sweatpants Posted: September 16, 2011 at 10:12 PM (#3927303)
They weren't kids; they were legal adults. That doesn't mean it is okay to use the fender of your SUV to pin them to a garage door until the cops arrive, but they were dumbasses over the age of 18.
Every mention of the incident lists them as teenagers. I don't think it's inaccurate for me to refer to them as kids.
   27. Steve Treder Posted: September 16, 2011 at 10:19 PM (#3927307)
are there any other well-known MLB players who had an identical twin brother?


Edd Roush had a twin brother (dunno if they were identical) who played in the minors.

Don't know if they qualify as well-known, but there were the O'Brien twins, Eddie and Johnny. College basketball stars, and then directly to the majors (if you could call the 1953 Pirates the majors).

And Eddie was a fairly prominent character in Ball Four.
   28. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: September 16, 2011 at 10:22 PM (#3927309)
none of the bad guys are ever as bad as they're made out to be.


The greatest trick Steve Garvey was convincing Jose is The Special Seabiscuit believe that he didn't exist.
   29. Bob Evans Posted: September 16, 2011 at 11:33 PM (#3927381)
"Let me give you a perfect example. I have an identical twin brother, Ozzie. He is the closest thing to me genetically...My twin brother used the same chemicals, same workouts, the same nutrition. Why didn't he make it in the big leagues?"

Interesting. Do you recall, was Jose making a point, or was he merely ruminating?

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