Mark McGwire admits steroid use

Big Mac, you could have saved yourself a lot of trouble by coming clean years ago. I wonder how many others are out there. How many others never had enough success or notoriety. How many others managed to get by the Mitchell Report.

Have to be more than a few.

“Mark McGwire has admitted taking steroids in 1998 when he broke Roger Maris’ home run record.

“I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said in a statement. “It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.

“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. 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.”

McGwire is entering his first season as the hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, and his return to baseball prompted his admission. “It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected,” McGwire said.”

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