Aaron: Let Bonds Keep Record

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2009 12:45 PM CST
Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron (44) breaks Babe Ruth's record for career home runs as he hits No. 715 off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing in this April 8, 1974 file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Maybe you think Bud Selig ought to void Barry Bonds’ chemically-bolstered home run record, but Hank Aaron does not. “I just don’t see how you really can do a thing like that,” the former, and just maybe future, home-run king told Terence Moore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It belongs to Barry. No matter how we look at it, it’s his record.”

Last week Selig, a good friend of Aaron’s, said he was considering restoring the record—a “wonderful thing” in Moore’s mind—but Aaron says the two have never discussed it. “It would be something that I don’t think the commissioner would like to get involved in,” he said. “There are things out there besides worrying about a home run record. Barry has the record, and I don’t think anybody can change that.”