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Pete Rose: 'If I Had Taken Steroids, I Would Have Had 5,000 Hits'

01/11/2013 12:08 pm ET | Updated Jan 11, 2013

Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hit king with 4,256 career hits, came by HuffPost Live Thursday to talk about baseball's Hall of Fame vote, his new reality show with his fiancee Kiana Kim, and how he would have fared in baseball's "steroid era."

Rose, who was banned from baseball in 1989 before steroids became a major problem in the sport, told host Jacob Soboroff he knew nothing about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball and didn't suspect players were juicing. "I knew guys got bigger, but I thought they worked out," Rose said. However, he wasn't shy in pointing out that steroids would have helped his career.

"If I'd taken steroids," Rose said, "I've have gotten 5,000 hits."

Rose also weighed in on the widespread steroid allegations against Lance Armstrong, saying that in refusing to admit his wrongdoing, the cyclist "did the same thing I did."

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