Reconciliation for Big Mac

The off season is a very dry time for Phillies news so that’s why I will report once in awhile some big news, issues, and other things around baseball because I love the game and love to give my opinion on everything. Here is another one of thos events.

After Tony LaRussa added Mark McGwire to his coaching staff as the hitti coach last month and then stating he would use McGwire in pinch-hit situations if the Cardinals are in contention after the rosters expand to 40 on August 31, Big Mac came clean. McGwire admitted today that he used performance-enhancing drugs on-and-off for nearly a decade in an interview with Bob Costas.

He believed he didn’t need the steroids and regreted his decision:

“I was given a gift to hit home runs,” he told Bob Costas on MLB Network.

He told Costas that studying pitchers and making his swing shorter led to his increase in home runs and that he could have hit them without PEDs.

“I truly believe so,” McGwire said. “I believe I was given this gift. The only reason I took steroids was for health purposes.”

During a 20-minute telephone interview with AP shortly after McGwire released his statement, his voice repeatedly cracked.

“It’s very emotional, it’s telling family members, friends and coaches, you know, it’s former teammates to try to get ahold of, you know, that I’m coming clean and being honest,” he said. “It’s the first time they’ve ever heard me, you know, talk about this. I hid it from everybody.”

I’m glad McGwire came clean. This was something probably plaguing his mind, the fans, and the rest of baseball ever since he openly denied using PED’s in front of Congress. He was always a likeable player and who could ever forget the amazing home runs race with Sammy Sosa in 1998 (he also admitted to using during the race). I hope he gets an oppurtnuity to play this year and teach the young Cards a thing or two about hitting. He was truly a HOFer despite the PED-usage and hopefully he gets another shot in at Cooperstown in the future.

Below is, from the article, the six players in the top 15 home run leaders to have done PED’s:

Player HRs
Barry Bonds 762**
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Ken Griffey Jr 630
Sammy Sosa 609**
Frank Robinson 586
Mark McGwire 583*
Alex Rodriguez 583*
Harmon Killebrew 573
Rafael Palmeiro 569*
Jim Thome 564
Reggie Jackson 563
Mike Schmidt 548
Manny Ramirez 546*
* — Linked to PED use;
** — Reportedly linked to PED use.

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