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Mark McGwire Admits Using Steroids

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 12:40 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Mark McGwire admits he used steroids on and off for years, including during his record home run year:

“McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade.
McGwire’s decision to admit using steroids was prompted by his decision to become hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, his final big league team. La Russa, McGwire’s manager in Oakland and St. Louis, has been among McGwire’s biggest supporters and thinks returning to the field can restore the former slugger’s reputation.”

The report states a source also claims McGwire used human growth hormone.


28 Responses to “Mark McGwire Admits Using Steroids”

  1. IIRC he pretty much admitted in the past that he was using some form of HGH as a supplement.
    The steroid use everyone pretty much assumed; it’s nice that he finally came clean.
    Time for the printers to dust off the astericks.

    AD - RtR/OS! (abf624)

  2. in other news… gravity still pulls downard, water is still wet, the sun still rises in the east and sets in the west..

    Seriously raise your hand if you are surprised. and then slap yourself on the head for being surprised.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  3. About time, Big Mac. I am glad to see him back in the Cardinals organization.

    JD (fd1993)

  4. Well, at least now we know that performance enhancing drugs work.

    Jack (e383ed)

  5. Hope he doesn’t end up with the bad aftereffects. They can really do a number on your heart long-term, as well as various other things.

    luagha (5cbe06)

  6. McGuire’s a fraud and LaRussa’s one of the worst enablers ever in the game. The Cardinals should be ashamed of bringing these lying jackasses back into baseball, if they had any sense of shame to begin with. Larussa knew about his steroid use back in Oakland, yet claimed to have amnesia about it every time he was asked. BTW, I include Sosa and Baker as well into those sentiments – cannot wait for next season, the fans will heckle both of these arseholes without mercy, and it will be well – deserved.

    Dmac (a964d5)

  7. And the sky admitted that it’s blue.

    nk (df76d4)

  8. I will grant JD that the Cardinals have better pharmacists than the Cubs.

    nk (df76d4)

  9. But, not as good as the Giants.

    AD - RtR/OS! (abf624)

  10. Shouldn’t the MLB yank the record from him since he has admitted he cheated?

    JEA (fff926)

  11. And in other news, …………a blind man, admits being blind….

    At least he came clean.

    Teetop (1f1551)

  12. I will not follow MLB again until the corrupt snake of MLB is gone!

    Ruined the game.

    Teetop (1f1551)

  13. Sosa, who is even dirtier, and McGwire saved the MLB’s financial heinie after the players’ strike, Teetop.

    nk (df76d4)

  14. I think steroids and drugs like that are neat and if more people could use them we could get them to where they were more safer. People like to be their best I think and it used to be a free country.

    happyfeet (e9e587)

  15. Meghan’s daddy hate steroids cause of he’s just gay like that.

    happyfeet (e9e587)

  16. oh. *hates* steroids I mean… Lindsay probably hates them too cause of he’s gay for McCain.

    happyfeet (e9e587)

  17. Shouldn’t the MLB yank the record from him since he has admitted he cheated?

    I think we’ll find out when the Hall of Fame ballots are cast for the ‘roided up players. McGuire’s not getting in during his lifetime, and many others who set records far above the prior norms may be blackballed as well.

    Dmac (a964d5)

  18. Sosa, who is even dirtier,

    Now you got me all curious, nk – how do you figure that one? Because his entire head grew about three sizes after he came to the Cubs?

    Dmac (a964d5)

  19. It’s hard to tell who the real Sammy Sosa is anymore. He doesn’t resemble the Sosa we once cheered at the derby along with McGwire.

    Dana (f64b7d)

  20. If ya gotta play juiced, ya can’t play.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  21. I can see the cartoons now.
    Mark standing by the batter’s box with a line of Cardinal’s waiting their turn.
    “Here, take this, and this” as he hands out the little pills.
    The cards win the series months later.

    Paul Albers (7adcc2)

  22. I kinda have mixed feelings. A lot of it back then was allowed by MLB, or at least they turned a blind eye to it for a long time. There are no heroes in sports any more. Haven’t been now for a long time.

    JEA (3fc310)

  23. Comment by Dmac — 1/11/2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Don’t be so sure. There’s one thing that nobody’s factoring when it comes to HOF ballot voting: Turnover among the baseball writers. A lot of newspapers laid off baseball writers who were Hall of Fame ballot voters this last year, and are likely getting replaced by writers/columnists who are tied in with the ESPNs and FSN/PrimeTickets of the world. And those folks might not have the loyalty to tradition that previous baseball writers have had.

    Brad S (9f6740)

  24. Now you got me all curious, nk – how do you figure that one? Because his entire head grew about three sizes after he came to the Cubs?

    Comment by Dmac — 1/11/2010 @ 6:58 pm

    Did McGwire ever use corked bats?

    nk (df76d4)

  25. I don’t care one way or the other. MLB lost me when the player’s strike cancelled the world series. The only reason to wear any MLD affiliated gear is that the little league teams my grandson plays on uses the hat logos for team ID. Fortunately they don’t use MLB team names. Sad because I used to be a huge Giants and Royals fan. I settle for minor league games because they are cheaper to attend and you get better seats.

    PatriotRider (1729de)

  26. Did McGwire ever use corked bats?

    Good point – but I don’t know if that makes him demonstrably worse. I would allow that while McGuire’s inane performance at the Congressional Hearing was cowardly at best, Sosa’s sudden inability to comprehend English was really despicable, he looked and sounded like Bill Dana’s character of Jose Jimenez on the old Tonight Show with Steve Allen.

    Dmac (539341)

  27. Thinking back on how McGwire resembled Megaton Man during the last few years of his career, I am shocked that he used steroids and HGH.

    Who knew!?!?

    GeneralMalaise (68a574)

  28. I watched the interview in HD. They’d put a ton mascara on McGwire’s and gotten plenty in his eyes. Trying to make him look tearful.

    In HD he just looked like he could barely keep his eyes open from all the make up in them.

    Looking Glass (b43d6f)

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