According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Reggie Jackson has been told to stay away from Yankees team events following his comments about Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte and various Hall of Famers in the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated.
Among other things, Jackson told SI that Rodriguez’s numbers are tainted by steroids, which creates questions about Rodriguez’s Hall of Fame chances.
“I think there are real questions about his numbers,” Jackson said. “As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records.”
Of course, there’s very little Jackson said that’s new. Perhaps we didn’t know that he doesn’t think Gary Carter is a Hall of Famer, but it’s hardly breaking new ground to say that Rodriguez’s records are clouded because of steroids. The bigger issue seems to be the distraction Jackson has caused. Rodriguez had to answer questions about the comments this weekend, and it was noticed by just about everyone that Jackson was missing from such a high profile series.