Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 9/28/14
There are very players in history who have benefited more from using performance-enhancing drugs than Mark McGwire.McGwire, 49, captured the imagination and souls of baseball fans everywhere in the late-1990s by crushing tape-measure home runs game-after-game. The public didn't know it at the time, but McGwire's amazing display of power was aided by more than just natural ability. In 2010, before becoming the hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010, McGwire finally came clean and admitted that he used steroids during his playing career.Now, on the same day Major League Baseball suspended 13 players for using performance-enhancing drugs, the current Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach said he wishes he never got caught up in using PEDs at all."I wish I was never a part of it," McGwire said. "Just get rid of it. If it's better to have bigger suspensions, then they're going to have to change it."McGwire is arguably the face of the "steroids era" and his admission to using them is the main reason he has yet to gain the necessary votes to gain induction into the Hall of Fame."I wish there were things in place earlier," McGwire said. "They were put in in 2003 I think. I just really hope and pray that this is the end of it. Everybody, especially the players, don't want any more part of it and I hope this is the end of it. ... I wish I was never part of it."McGwire added, "It's not worth it at all."All in all, the slugger smacked 583 home runs in his big league career, which ranks 10th on the sport's all-time list. However, nearly half of his home runs (284) came between 1996 and 1999, which is during the same time frame that McGwire was allegedly juicing.So, although McGwire claims he wishes he was never part of the steroid mess, there has to be some part of him that realizes how important they were to the success of his career. Just don't expect him to ever publicly admit that.Via ESPN
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants dethrone Royals in Game 1 of World Series

Devils winger sends zinger about nasty facial cuts

Wife of Royals pitcher leaves World Series ticket as tip

Report: Chandler Jones to miss a month with hip injury

Lance Briggs left Bears' locker room to avoid the fighting

Could the Seahawks have gotten more for Percy Harvin?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Five storylines to watch in the 2014 World Series

Favre delays Lambeau return due to Bart Starr’s health

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Fan in critical condition after being beaten before Bears game

Ben Roethlisberger rips the media

Tim Tebow: Gators don't have offensive leadership, lack heart

WATCH: Arkansas St. RB scores improbable touchdown

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1 loss at World Series

Matt Flynn had a blast at Pearl Jam concert

Report: Back injury could end Nathan Horton's career

Report: Ray Rice files grievance against Ravens

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups E – H

PHOTO: Fans place Manning’s 509 football in Hall of Fame

Jets sign Jeremy Kerley to $16M 4-year extension

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Lego stadiums: turning a childhood hobby into a business

Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge' and 'sizzle'

Blackhawks make leukemia patient's dream come true

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

NFL players who could be traded by the deadline

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1

Rice files grievance against Ravens

UEFA Champions League midway report

Cowboys release Michael Sam

Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge'

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Five storylines to watch in the 2014 World Series

Ben Roethlisberger rips media

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Pistorius sentenced to five years

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.