Jim Thome said he had only one regret as he entered the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame: Albert Belle, another slugger who teamed with Thome on Cleveland's powerful teams in the mid-1990s, wasn't in attendance for Saturday's ceremony.
"I was looking forward to seeing him," said Thome, the franchise leader in home runs with 337. "I know the fans would have loved to see him. It would have been exciting."
Belle provided a menacing presence in Cleveland's lineup but was known as much for his temper, which led to several suspensions. He has had a chilly relationship with the Indians organization since leaving as a free agent following the 1996 season.