TAMPA, Fla. -- Reggie Jackson challenged baseball's whopping home run totals, and claimed that some are the result of players taking steroids.
"Somebody definitely is guilty of taking steroids," the Hall of Fame slugger told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for Thursday's editions.
"You can't be breaking records hitting 200 home runs in three or four seasons. The greatest hitters in the history of the game didn't do that," said Jackson, who hit 563 home runs.
San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds is just two home runs shy of tying his godfather Willie Mays for third place on the career home run list with 660. Babe Ruth is second with 714 and Hank Aaron first with 755.
"Henry Aaron never hit 50 in a season, so you're going to tell me that you're a greater hitter than Henry Aaron?" Jackson said. "Bonds hit 73 [in 2001], and he would have hit 100 if they would have pitched to him. I mean, come on, now. There is no way you can outperform Aaron and Ruth and Mays at that level.
"There is a reason why the greatest players of all time have 500. Then there is that group that is above 550. There is a reason for that. Guys played 19, 20, 25 years. They had 9,000 to 10,000 at-bats, and it was the same for everybody.
"Now, all of a sudden, you're hitting 50 when you're 40."
Jackson also said he wants to join fellow Hall of Famers in meeting with baseball commissioner Bud Selig to discuss baseball's steroid-testing rules, which he does not believe are stringent enough.
"Why wouldn't you ask me or Aaron or somebody like that to give you some insight? Bud is a nice guy, but he doesn't know what's happening here," Jackson said.
He added that any time any baseball veterans "speak the truth and show our concern, it's like, `Oh, they're just whining.' "
Jackson also criticized the baseball players' association for not accepting a more stringent drug-testing policy.
"The last I heard, (the illegal distribution of steroids and other drugs) was against the laws of the land," Jackson said. "The players' association talks about 'my rights.' My rights? Do you have the right not to pay taxes? You do something wrong, you pay the penalty."
I thought Reggie came off looking like a bitter old baseball player there. I mean, I see his points, but he sounds like the old man who had to walk to school in the snow everyday uphill "and we liked it!"
Why would veterans know about steroids? I mean, if they weren't a problem when Reggie played, how would he (and others) know how to deal with them? Sure, the policy now is a joke, but more cooks in the kitchen working on the policy is doing nothing. You institute a zero tolerance policy, or (better yet) you get police to start busting clubhouse doctors and trainers, and the problem stops, period. Does Bud need veterans to tell him that?
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Reggie Jackson may not have been "quarantined," as he jokingly put it, but he has been told to be more careful about what he says in public.
After speaking out on the steroids issue, and disregarding commissioner Bud Selig's "gag order" in the process, Jackson, a Yankees senior adviser, has been told by general manager Brian Cashman to keep quiet on the controversy.
"They told me I was quarantined. They told me I can't even go outside," Jackson jokingly told the New York Daily News. "I'm in enough trouble already. I'm going to go stand next to Jeter and A-Rod."
Cashman did not go into detail about his conversation with Jackson, only confirming to the Daily News that he had asked Jackson to refrain from discussing the steroids issue any further. Cashman would not tell the newspaper whether he expected to hear from the commissioner's office about the situation.
"I [messed] up," Jackson told the Daily News. "I got frustrated."
Reggie has a point. I don't know if I completely agree with him or not, but there is some logic to his argument. It really is quite astounding that when one thinks about it, Bonds could have easily reached 100 home runs in 2001 had he been pitched to. 27 more home runs isn't that much more of a reach. With that being said, is there something that Bonds has figured out about baseball at this stage in his career that no one on the planet has?
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Originally posted by KidbrooklynReggie has a point. I don't know if I completely agree with him or not, but there is some logic to his argument. It really is quite astounding that when one thinks about it, Bonds could have easily reached 100 home runs in 2001 had he been pitched to. 27 more home runs isn't that much more of a reach. With that being said, is there something that Bonds has figured out about baseball at this stage in his career that no one on the planet has?
Bonds may be suspect but remember he waas averaging 30+ home runs before he bulked up. Reggis has the right to speak but a little proof might be nice.
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