Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball player who played his major league career with the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. He is replacing Hal McRae as the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for 2010.
For his career, McGwire averaged a home run once every 10.61 at bats, the lowest at bats per home run ratio in baseball history (Ryan Howard is second at 11.32 and Babe Ruth is third at 11.80). In 1987, he broke the single-season home run record for rookies, with 49. In 1998, McGwire and Sammy Sosa achieved national fame for their home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris' single season home run record; McGwire would break the record and hit 70* home runs that year. Barry Bonds now holds the record.
I watched Mark McGwire squirming in a chair licking his lips in front of Bob Costas answering a tirade of questions given to him about his steroid use. I was asking myself, "did we really need this?" I mean having Big Mac tell us that he used steroids was like asking a professional wrestler if wrestling was "staged." Any person that has watched to sport for any length of time or who just watches pre-1990 games on the MLB network can see that ballplayers … more
Mark McGwire finally admitted that he used steroids. Mark is going to become the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach and Tony LaRussa convinced him to come out clean about his drug use. For a time, he broke the home run record owned by Roger Maris (since broken by an alleged user Barry Bonds). His home run chase with Sammy Sosa (another alleged user) brought back baseball from the strike doldrums of the 1994-1995 seasons. We all knew he used creatine during the late 90's (a … more