Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada says that he resents players associated with performance-enhancing drugs, such as former teammates Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens, and that they should never be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Posada told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. “I really don’t. I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy.”
The five-time All-Star lamented the fact he missed out on the American League MVP in 2003 when Rodriguez won the award.
“I was almost there,” said Posada, who finished third in the voting behind A-Rod and Carlos Delgado. “You know what could’ve happened if … you know, it’s tough. It’s really tough.”
When asked whether Clemens or A-Rod should be in the Hall of Fame, Posada simply said, “No.” When asked whether he resents players who didn’t play clean, Posada said, “Yeah.”
Posada said Wednesday he had not made his views known to Rodriguez, adding he thought Rodriguez would be surprised to hear his stance.
Posada later offered an apology to Rodriguez during an interview with WFAN on Thursday.
“I tried to text him yesterday,” Posada told WFAN. “I feel like I was cornered into this answer. I know better. I was really caught off guard.”
Posada said he’s encountered difficult questions during his book tour for “The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes.”
“The thing is, the book is not a controversial book,” he said on WFAN. “And the questions that have been asked from the get-go are very controversial.”
“In fairness to Jorgie, I haven’t read the book,” Rodriguez said Wednesday, when asked about Posada’s thoughts. “I haven’t read anything, so I have to put it all in context. I’m not really prepped to answer those questions.”
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