According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Mark McGwire finally came clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball’s home run record in 1998.
McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. During a 20-minute telephone interview shortly afterward, 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 a hold 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.”
It’s good to see McGwire come clean, and I hope it will lead to more admissions from other players named in the Mitchell Report or who tested positive.
McGwire sounded very remorseful and expressed regret a few times during his interview for making what he called some “foolish” decisions.
In 1998, McGwire captured the hearts of baseball fans when he hit his historic 70 homers, topping the previous high by Roger Maris.
According to McGwire, his decision to come clean was prompted by his new job as hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I’m sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids,” McGwire said. “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.”
It will be interesting to see how the BBWAA will react to this news and if it will pave the way for his eventual Hall of Fame induction, perhaps as soon as next season.
Do you think he should be elected to the HOF now that he has come clean?