Reggie Jackson isn't sure if A-Rod should be in the Hall of Fame
Yankee great Reggie Jackson raised questions about whether Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame because they have admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, he said in an interview in this week's Sport Illustrated.
Jackson, 66, said Rodriguez is a very good friend, "But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records."
Rodriguez said in 2009 that he had used the drugs between 2001 and 2003.
Jackson added that Pettitte, who said he used human growth hormone on two occasions to heal faster from an elbow injury in 2002, would be divisive among baseball elite if he made the Hall of Fame.
"The question is going to be a guy like Andy Pettitte, who admitted that he got involved for a while, but who is so universally respected in the game," Jackson said of Pettitte's Hall of Fame candicacy. "I think he'll get in, but there will be a lot of who won't go."
Would Jackson attend if Pettitte was elected?
"He's an awfully good friend," Jackson said. "I've known Andy since he was 20. I'll leave it there."
When Jackson was asked if players linked to performance-enhancing drugs should be inducted into the Hall of Fame he said: "If any of those guys get in, no Hall of Famer will attend."
Jackson added that the fans don't count the records of players linked to the drugs, and that he still thinks Hank Aaron is the home run king and not Barry Bonds.
Jackson, a special adviser to the Yankees, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. He hit 563 home runs in his career, and he has been passed by several players linked to performance-enhancing drugs.