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09:02 AM ET 02.27 | The Post's Steve Serby asked 77-year-old Hank Aaron his thoughts on Alex Rodriguez's chances for breaking Barry Bonds' all-time home run record. "I think he is. If he puts things where it's supposed to be at. I think Rodriguez has got too many irons in the fire right now. I think his head's not level enough to the point where he can have the kind of year that it takes in order to go past all of the records in the book," Aaron said. "I read in the papers, he said he had a great winter, for the first time. He should have a great winter all the time. When you're playing baseball, you have to think about playing baseball."

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February 27, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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These old timers are full of ****.......What do they want these human beings to do in the off season, work out 18 hours a day, then go right to bed?Come on, REAL old timers had to have second jobs in the off season years ago as they made diddly squat in the game. In fact, I bet 90%+ of all mlb players come into camp in BETTER shape than tjeir coumterparts 40 years agoAll these old timers are bitter of new guys coin they make and its embarassing

Or Aaron is a little upset that his record is being overtaken by guys who admitted cheating.

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February 27, 2011  10:15 AM ET
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These old timers are full of ****.......What do they want these human beings to do in the off season, work out 18 hours a day, then go right to bed?Come on, REAL old timers had to have second jobs in the off season years ago as they made diddly squat in the game. In fact, I bet 90%+ of all mlb players come into camp in BETTER shape than tjeir coumterparts 40 years agoAll these old timers are bitter of new guys coin they make and its embarassing

All that is true. A lot of ball was played by guys nursing some serious hang overs.

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February 27, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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All that is true. A lot of ball was played by guys nursing some serious hang overs.

No doubt. Old timers played a ton of day games.

February 27, 2011  11:20 AM ET
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No doubt. Old timers played a ton of day games.

Ryne Duren admitted pitching while still hammered. I don't think he was alone.

February 27, 2011  11:21 AM ET
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I think Aaron is a man of great integrity...and it bothers him that A Rod is not.

He appears to be a bitter man the last few years. This is not his first complaining about the game today.

February 27, 2011  11:27 AM ET
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No doubt. Old timers played a ton of day games.

Which, among other things, makes it a lot easier to see the ball. Take a look at day/night splits sometime. Just another reason why it's difficult to compare players across generations.

February 27, 2011  11:52 AM ET

Are you kidding me? He's not a bitter old man, he's just a classy guy who doesn't enjoy watching players without any integrity. He's not bothered by the contracts or the records falling; he's bothered by the primadonnas littering the sport. Can you say, as a fan, that you're any different?

February 27, 2011  12:26 PM ET

So when ARod breaks the record, (which I'm sure he will, he'll hang around long enough to do that at least) does he get in the HOF? I've heard some of the same journalists that decry Bonds and McGwire somehow conviently forget ARod is in the same boat and declare him a future HOFer.

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February 27, 2011  12:38 PM ET
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Not to bust on Hammerin' Hank, but A-Rod's mention of having a great winter for the first time in recent memory was in reference to his ability to prepare without rehab, not about whatever irons he may have had in the fire. Every player should have a great winter every time, insofar as allowing yourself to be ditracted, but Aaron is off the mark and a little muddled in his thinking.That being said, A-Rod is a shrimper. But in baseball terms, I'd take him over 28 other starting third basemen right now.

Who would be the one you would take then? I'd tell ya right now I'd take Longoria, Zimmerman and now that Youk is at third I'd take him too over ARod.

February 27, 2011  12:52 PM ET
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Are you kidding me? He's not a bitter old man, he's just a classy guy who doesn't enjoy watching players without any integrity. He's not bothered by the contracts or the records falling; he's bothered by the primadonnas littering the sport. Can you say, as a fan, that you're any different?

Totally agree. I couldn't care a less about the steroids, and I'll bet Aaron doesn't care either. But guys like A-Rod are classless and lack any integrity at all. Baseball just isn't the same game, I'll bet Aaron has seen it slipping away bit by bit over the years (like all the rest of us have...)

February 27, 2011  12:57 PM ET
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Who would be the one you would take then? I'd tell ya right now I'd take Longoria, Zimmerman and now that Youk is at third I'd take him too over ARod.

Youk? Really? Zimmerman maybe, Longoria sure, but...Youk? A-Rod's better than him.

February 27, 2011  12:59 PM ET

The dude had the record....get over it. Talk about yourself and not about others....pleeeeeeeeeze. The world is gonna pass his 755 and like I care. You second to Willie Mays my brother.....

February 27, 2011  01:01 PM ET
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Totally agree. I couldn't care a less about the steroids, and I'll bet Aaron doesn't care either. But guys like A-Rod are classless and lack any integrity at all. Baseball just isn't the same game, I'll bet Aaron has seen it slipping away bit by bit over the years (like all the rest of us have...)

Believe me, I'm not defending Arod, but the game was full of players who acted like scumbags and had very little class back then also. Most fans knew very little about the way players really were back in the days before the Internet and cable TV. Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams are two perfect examples.

 
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