Aaron wouldn't change record

Updated: February 14, 2009, 9:48 AM ET
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Hank Aaron told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday he believes the home run record belongs to Barry Bonds and it should stay that way.

The former career home run leader does not want MLB to change the record books because of the steroid era.

"In all fairness to everybody, I just don't see how you really can do a thing like that and just say somebody isn't the record holder anymore, and let's go back to the way that it was," Aaron told the Journal-Constitution Friday, referring to the controversy involving Bonds, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and other players who have been linked to performance enhancing drugs.

"If you did that, you'd have to go back and change all kinds of records, and the [home run] record was very important to me. It's probably the most hallowed record out there, as far as I'm concerned, but it's now in the hands of somebody else. It belongs to Barry."

Aaron said trying to decide which players should be held accountable is tough.

"Really, it's sort of a tricky call when you start going down that road of who is legitimate," Aaron told the Journal-Constitution. "I don't know if Barry would have hit as many home runs or hit them as far -- if that's the case that he did use steroids -- but I still don't think it has anything to do with him having the kind of baseball career that he had.

"He could have had an excellent career, regardless of what he did. So it would be something that I don't think the commissioner would like to get involved in, really. There are things out there besides worrying about a home run record that somebody now holds. Barry has the record, and I don't think anybody can change that."