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McGwire Admission Doesn't Get it
January 15, 2010 - Seth Staskey
Mark McGwire announced earlier this week that he, in fact, took steroids during his MLB playing days.
Big shocker there. Mark, you're a cheater and your explanation and your tear-filled admission to Bob Costas on MLB Network doesn't do it for me. Personally, when you were hired after last season as the Cardinals' new hitting coach, I thought it was a horrible move and I think nothing less of the situation now that you've admitted about steroids.
By no means should you think that this will get you off the hook when the media finds you at spring training. You've got plenty more questions to answer. I do respect that you finally cleared the air, but you opted not to speak on the past in front of the United States Congress and from that moment on you admitted guilt in a round-about way.
I do believe firmly that it takes more than pure strength to hit a baseball a long way, but steroids make you recover faster and just tips the scale in your favor.
I am not a voter for the Hall of Fame, but McGwire will never be a member. I wouldn't be surprised that nary a player with any link to steroids will ever be a member. You can't erase the recordbook, but there should be an asterix. And it's that asterix, which will keep guys like McGwire, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens and even Alex Rodriguez out of Cooperstown.
You guys were good enough that you didn't need to cheat. However, you were greedy enough that you did. And therefore, you've tarnished your legacy and the game that so many, including myself, revere.
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