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"Me personally, I'm one hit away from being a career .300 hitter, and I'm one hit away from 200 home runs. That's nothing in the grand scheme of things when there are guys who are trying to play their way into the Hall of Fame -- I'm not that type of player," he said. "But I'd rather retire one hit away from being a .300 hitter and one home run away from 200 homers and be able to look myself in the mirror for the rest of my life and know that everything on the back of the baseball card is 100 percent me, rather than hit 500 home runs and not being able to look myself in the mirror the rest of my life knowing I cheated the game."
Among other poll findings:
72 percent of baseball fans believe steroid use is a major problem in Major League Baseball; 71 percent say MLB is not doing enough to halt the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.
Female fans were more likely than male fans to consider steroids a serious problem in baseball (83 percent of women vs. 65 percent of men).
36 percent of Americans call themselves baseball fans, with men slightly more likely than women to be fans.
The AP-GfK Poll of baseball fans was conducted Feb. 12-17 and involved landline and cell phone interviews with 367 fans of professional baseball. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.
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