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"Regardless of what happened, I'm not going to hit another home run," he said. "Not in this world. I may do it somewhere else.
"I don't think I can hit anybody deep. I think my deep is over with. The only thing I can hit is a golf ball -- all over the place."
Aaron often visits the Braves' spring training camp, but he made a rare visit to the team's clubhouse on Monday.
"It's the first time I've walked through a clubhouse at this time of the year for about 20 years," he said. "It just brings back memories."
He said the smells, some unpleasant, took him back to his days as a player when the first days of batting practice left blisters on his hands.
"I remember going through the clubhouse, my hands were bleeding and tired and everything was sore," he said.
Aaron had praise for Braves manager Bobby Cox, who will retire after the season.
"It's going to be sad when he leaves," he said. "I don't know that anybody ever said a bad thing about Bobby."
Aaron said he hoped to meet top prospect Jason Heyward, who is only 20 but has a chance to win a starting job in right field -- Aaron's old position with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves.
Heyward is black and from McDonough, Ga., near Atlanta. Aaron, scanning the players on the field, noted he didn't see other black players.
"I think we're on the right track but it dampens my spirit when I come up to spring training and I look around here and you don't see any black kids," he said. "It hurts you, because Jackie Robinson a long time ago paid his dues and ... now we don't have any.
"And this is a scene you see all over the major leagues. This is not only here with the Braves. You can go to every ballclub and see the same thing. You don't see too many African-American kids playing baseball, and that's not very good. Something needs to be done about it."
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