Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada has apologized to former teammate Alex Rodriguez for saying he should not be elected to the Hall of Fame because of his use of performance-enhacing drugs. Posada made the comments on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday while promoting his new book.
“He knows how I feel about him,” Posada told a New York radio station Thursday. “And I would like to — if I caused him anything, I would like to apologize .... I felt like the guy [CBS News' Mark Strassmann] kept pushing towards that response, and I should have known better.”
Posada went on to say he had reached out to Rodriguez.
"I tried to text him yesterday,” Posada said. “I feel like I was cornered into this answer. I know better. I was really caught off-guard. The thing is, the book is not a controversial book. And the questions that have been asked from the get-go are very controversial.”
In his appearance with Strassmann on "CBS This Morning" to discuss his book "The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes," Posada was asked whether players who used PEDs should be in the Hall.
"No. No,” Posada said. “I don’t think it’s fair for the guys that have been in the Hall of Fame that played the game clean.”
When asked if he meant even Rodriguez, Posada replied, "Yeah. I don’t think it’s fair. I really don’t. I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy.”