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 substance that would later be banned) and everyone has their suspicions. The problem not only lies with Mark McGwire but Major League Baseball itself. Bud Selig and others turned a blind eye to the juiced players and allowed this to occur. The problem is that Mark should have came forward when he had the chance. There's a snowball's chance in hell that he's going to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Even though his appearance has drastically changed and he no longer has the physique he was sporting during his playing days, Mark McGwire can still be an asset to baseball. He needs to go out and educate the younger players about steroids and how they can have a negative effect on the body and tell them about how to play clean. Although McGwire has now admitted his steroid use, he needs to take responsibility for his actions and quit using excuses such as "medical reasons". His fellow "bash brother" Jose Canseco has said in the past that he himself injected Mark with steroids during their playing days with the Oakland Atheltics. Another thing during his admission that stinks worse than three day old fish is that Mark stated he still would have hit all of them home runs without taking the needle.
The next players coming up on the Hall of Fame ballot are those that played during the "steroid era". Now comes the decision that the baseball writers are going to have to make. Who or who wasn't on the juice?
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 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.