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Old 08-05-2009, 07:36 AM
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP)—Hank Aaron wants to shine some more light on baseball’s steroid era.
The former home run king favors releasing the full list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.
In a wide-ranging interview Tuesday night with The Associated Press, the Hall of Famer said releasing the list would help Major League Baseball get past its drug stigma. The list was supposed to remain anonymous and is now under court seal, but big names have continued to leak out.
“I wish for once and forever that we could come out and say we have 100 and some names, name them all and get it over and let baseball go on,” Aaron said. “I don’t know how they keep leaking out. I just wish that they would name them all and get it over with.”
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AP - Aug 4, 7:47 pm EDT



Aaron also wanted to make a few other things clear.
No, he has not spoken with commissioner Bud Selig about banned Pete Rose being reinstated in baseball. But he does think it’s time Rose, the career hits leader, be reinstated and voted into the Hall of Fame.
Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 after an investigation concluded he bet on the Cincinnati Reds to win while he was manager of the team.
“How long does a person have to die?” Aaron said. “I think the thing that bothers me is that he is missing out on a lot of things. He made a mistake. I don’t know what else can be done, or what else can be said. I just think at some point he needs to start enjoying being a Hall of Famer.”
Aaron spoke to the AP before a banquet for the 17th Annual RBI World Series. The program is designed to increase participation and interest in baseball for youths and minorities—one of the primary issues Aaron is working on.
With the number of blacks in the majors dwindling in the past few decades, Aaron said MLB—and everyone—could do more to curb the numbers.
“You always think that a program needs to do more, no question about it, if you have the funds,” Aaron said. “We all need to do more. I think we all need to do more to help.”
However, since steroids have come become one of baseball’s biggest problems, the thought that the game is still tainted doesn’t sit well with Aaron, who held the home run record with 755 until Barry Bonds(notes) broke it.
Neither does the fact that some of baseball’s biggest names—including a New York Times report last week that identified Boston slugger David Ortiz(notes) and former teammate Manny Ramirez(notes)—continue to pop up on what has simply become known as “the list.”
There were no penalties for a positive test in 2003—the anonymous tests were conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing across the major leagues in 2004. But federal agents seized the results as part of the BALCO investigation. The players’ union has argued the search was illegal, and the case is currently before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
At the event in Palm Beach Gardens on Tuesday night, Aaron said he often delivers a message to kids about getting involved in baseball but also about staying out of trouble. He thought the same message could apply to some major leaguers.
“I tell them you may not be able to hit 700 home runs, but you need to do the right things,” Aaron said. “There’s no shortcuts in life. Everything is going to catch up.”
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I have been pretty disgusted with pro sports in general for a long time. Nice entertainment when there is nothing else to do, but to dedicate that much time and energy (as some fans do), never made much sense to me.

That said, there was something a little special about the baseball hall of fame, and franky baseball itself. I still think baseball is a great way to follow the history of the country, so in some ways, this steroid thing is actually a perfect reflection of where we are as a country.

As far as the hall of fame? Looking like it is a just a corporate PR effort, and the records from this era are all garbage. Kinda like the Enron salesmen of the month club.


The list of things I would rather do the watch other adults play sports is long and getting longer.

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To both posts.

And, Sure release all names - this is becomming silly....
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MLB - what a joke.

Why is it that we have "halls of fame"?

Really, WTF is that all about, to worship pro athletes to that level?

Always found that to be very odd.


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Way over paid and jacked on crack really what a JOKE
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Baseball at its finest: Japanese high school play-offs. They are televised, excellent base ball, excellent sportsmanship, none of that MLB "my $#!+ don't stink" attitude. The play-offs are held in major stadiums but the ball is rarely hit out of the park, fast game, fun to watch.
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104 guys. Let me know when they learn how to call an out, I might care. Haven't watched since Roberto Alomar spit in the umps face and got nothing.
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104 guys. Let me know when they learn how to call an out, I might care. Haven't watched since Roberto Alomar spit in the umps face and got nothing.
I bailed right after the "pine tar" incident. Babies, buncha flippin' babies.


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