Photo: Alex Rodriguez and Reggie Jackson on the Outs
Reports are coming out that Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson has been banished from the New York Yankees as a result of disparaging remarks he made about Alex Rodriguez in Sports Illustrated latest issue.
Jackson, a former Yankee, will not be traveling with the team, be seen in the dugout, clubhouse or anywhere the Yankees are playing. Apparently management was not too happy with Jackson questioning Rodriguez’ batting ability after admitting to using enhancement drugs.
He told the magazine “But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records.”
Jackson’s comments on other players abilities didn’t stop there. He proceeded to identify players he did not deem worthy of inclusion in the Baseball Hall of Fame of which Jackson is a member. The list included Gary Carter, Phile Niekro, Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice and Don Sutton.
The banishment was confirmed by former Yankee manager Joe Torre, saying to USA Today, “Reggie is still a Yankee, they just asked him to step aside a while.”