In a statement through the Assosciated Press, Mark McGwire said:
“I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era. I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected. I’m sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids. I had good years when I didn’t take any, and I had bad years when I didn’t take any. I had good years when I took steroids, and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn’t have done it and for that I’m truly sorry. After all this time, I want to come clean. I was not in a position to do that five years ago in my congressional testimony, but now I feel an obligation to discuss this and to answer questions about it. I’ll do that, and then I just want to help my team. During the mid-’90s, I went on the DL seven times and missed 228 games over five years. I experienced a lot of injuries, including a ribcage strain, a torn left heel muscle, a stress fracture of the left heel, and a torn right heel muscle. It was definitely a miserable bunch of years, and I told myself that steroids could help me recover faster. I thought they would help me heal and prevent injuries, too. Baseball is really different now — it’s been cleaned up. The commissioner and the players’ association implemented testing and they cracked down, and I’m glad they did.“
This is big news to the world of baseball. McGwire hit 583 Home Runs in his career, including 49 in his rookie season and 70 in 1998. While this is not surprising, it certaintly is shocking that he would come out with this now. He recently signed on to be the hitting coach for the Cardinals. This also comes only a few days after manager Tony LaRussa said that he would want McGwire to play a game this season.
This does make you wonder what comes next.
Does Bud Selig make a statement?
If so, are there any sanctions?
Is McGwire immediately kicked off the Hall of Fame Ballot?
Does McGwire EVER make the Hall of Fame?
Will there be a press conference?
I think McGwire should take the first half of Oprah and then have Tiger Woods take the 2nd half to talk about this.
I do think this is terrible for baseball, but at the same time is good. It is bad because one of the heroes of game was a cheater. But, it is good because it shows that we are starting to get over the “Steroid Era.”
Fasten Your Seatbelts baseball fans, this is not going away any time soon.