Hank Aaron believes baseball has survived Steroids Era

By: associated press
By: associated press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Hank Aaron says he is confident that baseball is on its way to recovering from the era of steroids.

Aaron was at the Atlanta Braves' spring training camp today. He offered no opinion on whether Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve
to be in the Hall of Fame, but said "baseball is trying to clean up its act."

Sitting in the Braves' dugout during batting practice, Hammerin' Hank said "It's unfortunate for baseball, but baseball has been through some tough times. It went through the White Sox scandal and survived. It went through a lot of things and survived. It's going to survive this, too."

Like many baseball fans, Aaron tuned in when the Mitchell Report was released. And he was in front of the television set again for Roger Clemens' testimony before Congress last week, when the seven-time Cy Young Award winner denied using human growth hormone as alleged by his former trainer.

He declined to say whether he found Clemens' testimony believable. He took the same tack he consistently followed when similar charges were leveled against Barry Bonds, the guy who broke the Hammer's home run record last season.

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