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Mark McGwire admits steroid use

Mark McGwire, who broke baseball's home run record in 1998 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, admitted to using steroids on and off for "years" including that season. He is set to become the hitting coach for the Cardinals, which may have prompted him to come clean about his use. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  January 11, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If steroids were banned by MLB when he broke the record, then yes, wipe it off the record books.

If steroids were 'frowned upon' but not banned, then the record stands.

Posted by: haymarketbill | January 11, 2010 3:54 PM

McGwire comes clean!!!!! Hahahaha. Baseball has lost all its integrity so where is the big story in this?? Look at the picture of him...being emotional. Do you really believe it? I sure as hell don't. That guy slings as much bull $hit as all the rest. So, let him keep his record. It is meaningless anyway, just like all the other baseball records.

Posted by: Pete433 | January 11, 2010 5:33 PM

When Pete Rose was found betting on games, he was thrown out of baseball for life...even the hint of cheating would not be tolerated.
What Mark McGwire did was worse and the only reason he is coming clean is so he can continue to be a part of baseball by coaching.
I don't believe he is really sorry. If he were really sorry for what he did, he would not only admit it, but take a good portion of his ill gotten money and give it back. That is being sorry.
What a cynical play on his part....just proved why baseball is going down the tubes so so fast. Its about the over paid personalities, not about the game.

Posted by: tlusk58 | January 11, 2010 7:30 PM

We may as well trash all records. When Maris was credited with beating Ruth's record it became meaningless because Ruth hit sixty HRs in 154 games and it took Maris 161 games. Bottom line, playing loose like that make all records suspect in my mind. Who is to say that the old time ball players didn't use anything to enhance their performance. Who knows? Who cares anymore? It's become one big lie!

Posted by: ransr01 | January 11, 2010 7:56 PM

Not just his home run record, but his entire career. How much was his own effort and how much was the dope? This is much worse then Rose and just goes to show you, the old timers are still the real heroes. Before the dope, million dollar salaries and product endorsements. The Babe, Hank, Ty Cobb, the real heroes of baseball. What we have today is just trash.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | January 11, 2010 7:59 PM

Why was my post removed?

Posted by: tlusk58 | January 11, 2010 8:14 PM

A note to a previous poster about Ruth and Maris. It's true Maris played more games but he had fewer plate appearances than Ruth which is utterly extraordinary and well deserving of the record.

As for McGwire, it's no surprise just as it'll be no surprise with Sosa and was no surprise with Manny, or Ortiz, or A-Rod, or anybody else Canseco mentioned.

Everybody says they don't like Canseco but it appears everything he said about steroids and who was taking them was absolutely true. Baseball does owe Canseco an apology.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 11, 2010 8:48 PM

McGuire took the steroids in order to take the glory and the bucks from his pumped-up performance.

He came out of the dugout to wave to the adoring crowd after he set the record.

Now he is merely sorry?

He cheated and he lied and he stole fame and glory.

Wipe the record.

Posted by: lacklenj | January 11, 2010 9:42 PM

McGwire doesn't have the "record." Bonds has the record.

And he, too, was takig steroids.

It looks like everyone who beat Maris' record was cheating -- Bonds, McGwire, Sosa. Sosa also used a corked bat.

Even people who came close or hit 50 HRs were using -- A. Rod, L. Gonzales, Brady Anderson. And lower level hitters like I-Rod were juicing. In fact, nearly everyone was.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 11, 2010 9:49 PM

Everyone in sports has always done whatever they thought would give them an advantage. One type of vitamin and supplement is OK - another isn't? Science has made the whole issue irrelevant. So the hitters used steroids? A lot of the pitchers did too. There's still no credible test for HGH. Then there's all the kind of blood doping that the cyclists perfected - increasing their platelets etc. that our US major sports don't even test for. So it's really all meaningless with designer drugs that are detectable. Leave the records alone but place an notation that the record was made during the steroids era.

Posted by: thinker11 | January 11, 2010 10:07 PM

This isn't the same as corking a bat or a pitcher doctoring the ball. He take a drug that allowed him to become stronger, but you still have to be able to hit the ball or Arnold Schwarzenegger would have been hitting 70 homers a year.

Posted by: truth2 | January 11, 2010 10:12 PM

If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'.

Posted by: thatbrothasmoove1 | January 11, 2010 10:57 PM

For the record, Maris had 590 official at-bats in 1961 to Ruth's 540 in 1927. That's 50 more at-bats for one more home run.

Posted by: doxology | January 12, 2010 3:54 AM

A sign of the times. We buy the best $ports people money can buy. I'm starting to think Wrestling is the only credible fake sport left.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | January 12, 2010 5:34 AM

Coming 'clean', so to speak, should not now make Mark McGwire a 'hero'. Forgiven, yes, but not a hero. It just validates what most all of us knew anyway - the guy violated MLB's PED rules. His stats during the years he admitted to taking steroids should always carry a 'footnote' that they were performance enhanced and therefore, not legitimate. And MLB should declare that any player who was found to take PEDs or who admits to it like McGwire, should be automatically ineligible for HOF consideration. Anything less by MLB is unacceptable.

Posted by: Sojouner | January 12, 2010 9:39 AM

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