February 19, 2008
Lake Buena Vista -- Braves legend Hank Aaron made a rare appearance at the teams spring training facility in Orlando Tuesday, and the former all-time home run king held court on a number of topics.
With the cloud of steroids hanging over the start of the season, Aaron is confident baseball will be able to recover from the scandal.
The former Braves outfielder saying he's been tuning in for the release of the Mitchell Report, and Rogers Clemens testimony before Congress.
While offering no opinion on how players like Clemens or Barry Bonds should be treated, the Hall of Famer says baseball will bounce back as it has in the past.
Aaron says, "Baseball has been through some tough times, you know? We went through the White Sox scandal, and survived. We went through a lot of things, and we're going to survive this."
Eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox were banned from baseball for life after being accused of throwing the World Series.
While at camp, the 1957 National League MVP and World Series Champion reflected on what spring training was like during his career.
Aaron played 23 seasons in the majors, 21 with the Braves franchise, and says while much of baseball has changed since he retired in 1976, the game still looks very familiar.
"If I had to take batting practice against people like Hudson and Glavine, I think I would take a raincheck on it, because they would put me in a slump," says Aaron. "But I think baseball is baseball."
Hank Aaron still holds the major league record for most career runs batted in.