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“The sad part of that, too, is when you see the great players like Prince Fielder and great players like (Albert) Pujols, it makes you unfairly question,” Jackson said.

He said he ran across someone Friday who was aware Jackson had referenced current players in his remarks.

“He said to me, ‘Why did you have to mention those guys?’” Jackson said. “I told him that’s what those guys who used steroids did to the game. They raised suspicions all over baseball.”