Mark McGwire admits using steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998
Finally, years after his playing career is over, he has finally admitted to using steroids during his playing career, including 1998, when he hit 70 home runs.
"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."
McGwire's decision was reportedly influenced by his new role as the Cardinals hitting coach. He and Tony LaRussa apparently want to turn around McGwire's image, probably in an attempt to sway voters into allowing him into the Hall of Fame.
McGwire is considered a borderline candidate, but his (previously rumored) steroid use has caused some voters to waver on his candidacy. Perhaps now that he has opened up about it, it will change some minds. Looking at the era, we'll have no choice but to eventually allow steroid users into the Hall of Fame, unless the entire era is excluded.
Perhaps this will give Big Mac the push that he needs for next year's vote.