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Braves honor Hank Aaron, still home run leader to some in MLB

04.09.14 at 10:31 am ET
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While Barry Bonds officially holds the record for most home runs in a career, there are some, like baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who still see Hank Aaron as the true leader in home runs.

“€œI’€™m always in a sensitive spot there, but I’€™ve said that myself and I’€™ll just leave it at that,” Selig said Tuesday night.

Forty years ago, Aaron set the record for most home runs in a career with 715, pushing him past Babe Ruth. On Tuesday night, Aaron was honored by the Brewers to celebrate the anniversary.

Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs, a record that stood until 2007, when Bonds surpassed the mark. Bonds, however, has been associated with steroid use for many years, bringing his legacy into question.

Terry McGuirk, the Braves chairman, hinted at the controversy of Bonds by saying Aaron “€œset the home-run record the old-fashioned way.”

Aaron, a 25-time All-Star and holder of various baseball records, was gracious during the ceremony, thanking the fans.

“The game of baseball was a way that I relaxed myself each year that I went on the field for 23 years,” Aaron said. “I gave baseball everything that I had, everything, every ounce of my ability to play the game I tried to play to make you the fans appreciate me more. Thank you.”

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