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Hank Aaron Questions Alex Rodriguez's Focus On Baseball

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez swings a bat over his shoulder during a workout at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.  The Yankees will face the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez swings a bat over his shoulder during a workout at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. The Yankees will face the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Can Alex Rodriguez break the all-time home run record? Baseball legend Hank Aaron says yes.

Does A-Rod have the focus to do so? Aaron isn't so sure about that part.

"I think Rodriguez has got too many irons in the fire right now," Aaron told the New York Post. "I think his head's not level enough to the point where he can have the kind of year that it takes in order to go past all of the records in the book," he said.

And Aaron went on to take the New York Yankees third baseman to task for a comment he made during Spring Training.

"I read in the papers, he said he had a great winter, for the first time," Aaron said. "He should have a great winter all the time. When you're playing baseball, you have to think about playing baseball," he said.

But it turns out that A-Rod's quote was said in a different context. After laughing about his Super Bowl popcorn incident with Cameron Diaz, Rodriguez talked about the first off-season in a few years when he was able to focus solely on baseball training instead of rehab for his ailing right hip. 

"The last several years, I've probably been more 60-70 percent rehab and 30 percent training," Rodriguez said, according to MLB.com. "This year, [my doctor] actually gave me the green light to go 100 percent training and get ready to play baseball," he said.

A-Rod then went on to make the comment to which Aaron took exception. 

"This is as healthy as I've felt over the last several years," the 35-year-old Rodriguez said. "It's fun getting back to work. I have a good winter behind me of real work, probably my first since '07 or '08. I'm ready to go," he said.

Aaron owned the all-time home run record with 755 home runs before being passed by Barry Bonds, who is embroiled in steroid allegations and a drawn out court case

Rodriguez is sixth on the all-time home run list with 613 home runs behind Bonds, Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Ken Griffey Jr and his numbers have also been put into question by his admission that he used steroids during a three-year period from 2001 to 2004.

Whether one thinks about modern-day players making seemingly tainted runs at Aaron's home run numbers, one thing is for sure when it comes to A-Rod.

Even if he has a good winter -- controversy may just find him anyway.

For the full interview with Hank Aaron, check out the New York Post.

Contact Adrian Carrasquillo at Adrian.Carrasquillo@foxnewslatino.com or on Twitter @RealAdrianC.

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