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Reggie wants to apologize to Carter's widow

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07:26 AM ET 07.07 | Reggie Jackson said yesterday he was looking to contact Gary Carter's widow to apologize for comments made about "The Kid's" Hall of Fame spot. In a recent Sports Illustrated article, Jackson lumped Carter in with Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice and others as players he questioned being in the Hall of Fame. Jackson also cast doubt about Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte being worthy of Hall of Fame status because of performance enhancing drug usage. Rodriguez admitted in 2009 to using PEDs while with the Rangers. Pettitte also admitted using PEDs.

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July 7, 2012  07:29 AM ET

"I'm sorry you were offended by my opinion"

July 7, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Welcome to America - the land of free speech (as long as your ready to apologize profusely for an opinion that is even remotely controversial).

July 7, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Welcome to America - the land of free speech (as long as your ready to apologize profusely for an opinion that is even remotely controversial).

No one threatened or questioned Reggie's right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech doesn't mean that people can't call you out when you say controversial things. Reggie isn't going to jail, so the First Amendment is working just fine. Perhaps you should bone up on what freedom of speech actually means.

Oh...this just in - Reggie Jackson is a complete tool.

July 7, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Oh Reggie, when are you going to just shut up? You were lucky to get into the hall so why are you questioning others? Just sit back and enjoy the years you have left.

July 7, 2012  09:52 AM ET

The HOF is lowering it's Standards for the past 20 - 30 Years the people who vote are the same guys who allow obvious errors to be hits and and have little or no Knowledge of The History of Baseball!

July 7, 2012  10:05 AM ET

I didn't see his comments but there are more than a few guys in the HOF that probably don't belong if they were held by the same standards as guys who played 30 or 40 years ago. Unfortunately there is no good way of picking players to enter the HOF since some writers do abuse the privledge of voting by either not voting for guys because they have a issue with them or they use all 10 votes on their ballet every year. But it is what it is.

July 7, 2012  10:32 AM ET

The problem with the Hall of Fame is the need to induct someone every year. I true Hall of Fame might have some years where nobody gets in.

July 7, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I'm sorry you were offended by my opinion"

Yup, exactly.

July 7, 2012  10:51 AM ET

Screw Reggie Jackson....how can he say that about Carter....Carter was one of the best all around catchers in the history of baseball....Bench,Berra,Fisk,Munson and Carter.....Only reason Reggie is in the HOF is his 563 HR....he was a lifetime .260 hitter.....and is still the all time strikeout leader.....which as a hitter isn't a good thing..he also made 142 errors as part time RF/DH..so just for comparison sake Eddie Murray a HOF first baseman who played full defense for 20 years made 167 errors.....142 errors by a RF is a ton.....Reggie should keep quiet they may revoke that HOF plaque.....

July 7, 2012  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Screw Reggie Jackson....how can he say that about Carter....Carter was one of the best all around catchers in the history of baseball....Bench,Berra,Fisk,Munson and Carter.....Only reason Reggie is in the HOF is his 563 HR....he was a lifetime .260 hitter.....and is still the all time strikeout leader.....which as a hitter isn't a good thing..he also made 142 errors as part time RF/DH..so just for comparison sake Eddie Murray a HOF first baseman who played full defense for 20 years made 167 errors.....142 errors by a RF is a ton.....Reggie should keep quiet they may revoke that HOF plaque.....

well said...................

July 7, 2012  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Screw Reggie Jackson....how can he say that about Carter....Carter was one of the best all around catchers in the history of baseball....Bench,Berra,Fisk,Munson and Carter.....Only reason Reggie is in the HOF is his 563 HR....he was a lifetime .260 hitter.....and is still the all time strikeout leader.....which as a hitter isn't a good thing..he also made 142 errors as part time RF/DH..so just for comparison sake Eddie Murray a HOF first baseman who played full defense for 20 years made 167 errors.....142 errors by a RF is a ton.....Reggie should keep quiet they may revoke that HOF plaque.....

+1

July 7, 2012  11:18 AM ET

Nice...

He hasn't done it yet... But he made sure to let everyone know that he wants to...

Maybe he can arrange a Dr. Phil special for it.

July 7, 2012  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Screw Reggie Jackson....how can he say that about Carter....Carter was one of the best all around catchers in the history of baseball....Bench,Berra,Fisk,Munson and Carter.....Only reason Reggie is in the HOF is his 563 HR....he was a lifetime .260 hitter.....and is still the all time strikeout leader.....which as a hitter isn't a good thing..he also made 142 errors as part time RF/DH..so just for comparison sake Eddie Murray a HOF first baseman who played full defense for 20 years made 167 errors.....142 errors by a RF is a ton.....Reggie should keep quiet they may revoke that HOF plaque.....

All Reggie did was give an opinion. You have yours... he has his own.

He never said anything personal about Carter or his family. Simply stated he didn't think he was a HOFer.

Ease up on your suspenders there lil' Gunther.

July 7, 2012  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Oh Reggie, when are you going to just shut up? You were lucky to get into the hall so why are you questioning others? Just sit back and enjoy the years you have left.

He was in Baseketball, show some respect.

July 7, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

All Reggie did was give an opinion. You have yours... he has his own.He never said anything personal about Carter or his family. Simply stated he didn't think he was a HOFer. Ease up on your suspenders there lil' Gunther.

But his point carries more weight than Reggies!

Reggie was a decent player who swung for the fences and made a ton of errors. Do you think Reggie would be inducted into the Hall if he played today?

July 7, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

All Reggie did was give an opinion. You have yours... he has his own.He never said anything personal about Carter or his family. Simply stated he didn't think he was a HOFer. Ease up on your suspenders there lil' Gunther.

Never said he did say anything personal about Carter or his family.....but who is he to judge or critique when all he was was a one dimensional all or nothing prima donna....

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July 7, 2012  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Never said he did say anything personal about Carter or his family.....but who is he to judge or critique when all he was was a one dimensional all or nothing prima donna....

He's about the only guy out there who could make you root for Billy Martin...........

July 7, 2012  11:47 AM ET

It is very hard for this guy to say anything nice about anyone but himself.

 
July 7, 2012  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

He's about the only guy out there who could make you root for Billy Martin...........

Which wasn't an easy thing to do.....:)

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