They may share World Series titles, but former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada doesn't want to see his former teammate Alex Rodriguez in Cooperstown.
"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," Posada said when asked if A-Rod should be allowed in the Hall of Fame in an interview with CBS This Morning that aired Wednesday.
"I don't think they're gonna allow any," Posada said of allowing such players into the Hall of Fame, before adding, "Eventually, we're gonna have to."
Posada, a five-time All Star who played 17 years in the league, added it isn't fair to the players already in the Hall of Fame that played clean.
He also isn't shy to say that players who doped, such as A-Rod, possibly took titles away from others, including Posada himself.
"I was close to the MVP [in 2003]. Didn't happen. Alex won the MVP ...but you know, I was almost there. You know, what could’ve happened if, you know," Posada said, trailing off. "It's tough. It's really tough."
When asked broadly whether the records are tainted of players who used performance-enhancing drugs, Posada said it's a "tough question to answer."
If A-Rod is listening though, Posada might have saved himself an awkward conversation. The former MLB catcher said he's never told Rodriguez his thoughts on the subject before, but that he'd be surprised to hear them.
Rodriguez returned to the MLB this season after being handed down a 162-game suspension for admitting to using steroids during his career as part of the Biogenesis scandal. Rodriguez also achieved the milestone earlier this month of passing Willie Mays' 660 on the career home runs list.