Hank Aaron wants the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 to be released.
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 the so-called “Steroid Era.” 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,” the former home run king said. “I don’t know how they keep leaking out. I just wish that they would name them all and get it over with.”
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 before a banquet for a program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball for youths and minorities.
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