McGwire Talk About The Pass

Posted: January 11, 2010 in Mark McGwire, MLB, Steroids, Will Carroll

By Will Carroll – Baseball Prospectus

In what comes as little surprise to anyone, Mark McGwire admitted using steroids and was implicated as using other substances. His quote that it “is time to talk about the past and admit what many suspected” is as close to a mea culpa as any steroid user has made. The statement was made by McGwire in advance of officially becoming the Cardinals new hitting coach. It was expected that he would need to make some sort of statement prior to Spring Training so as not to become too much of a distraction, though he’s still going to be the best known hitting coach in the game. The statement, which I am told was vetted by the Cardinals, does help clear the air, answering most of the big questions:

* He states that he began using in 1989. (This is in contrast to what Jose Canseco has said.)

* He used to overcome injuries.

* He did use substances during the 1998 campaign where he broke Roger Maris‘ home run record.

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