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The face of performance-enhancing drugs now can't understand why an athlete would engage in their use.
Mark McGwire was perhaps the first major leaguer to truly bring PED use into focus. To accomplish that, all he had to do was break MLB's all-time single-season home run record while taking PEDs.
After a long exile from baseball and the limelight, McGwire spent the past two seasons with the Cardinals as their hitting coach, and was just recently hired in the same position by the Dodgers to move back closer to home. After accepting the position, McGwire granted an interview to Fox Sports Radio (compiled by Sports Radio Interviews) in which he said some very interesting things, considering his history.
"I'm a great example of what happens when, I mean I owned up to it," said McGwire. "Why anybody would even think about doing that today I have no idea. I'm sad for these guys but then again you have to look at Major League Baseball and what they have done to crack down on it, it's been fantastic for the game of baseball and you just have to move on from it."
Give credit McGwire for at least one thing: he certainly has long-term implication in mind. He seems to have come to terms with the fact that he'll never be in the Hall of Fame, but beyond baseball consequences, honestly telling his children about his indiscretions, he says, was not worth his time on top.
"It's a mistake that I have to live with for the rest of my life. I have to deal with never, ever getting into the Hall of Fame. I totally understand and totally respect their opinion and I will never, ever push it. That is the way it's going to be and I can live with that. One of the hardest things I had to do this year was sit down with my nine and ten year old boys and tell them what dad did. That was a really hard thing to do but I did it."
While McGwire may never end up in Cooperstown, it does speak to his love of the game that he came back to deal with the inevitable questions to work in the sport again.
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LOSANGELES The Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday named Mark McGwire as their hitting coach. The announcement was made byGeneral Manager Ned Colletti.
Markhas been able to translate his success as a big league hitter into his work ********* coach with the Cardinals, Colletti said. He earned the respect ofboth veterans and young players while in St. Louis and the offensive numbersthe...
In a move to bolster the Los Angeles Dodgers' underachieving bats, the team today named Mark McGwire as their hitting coach.
“Mark has been able to translate his success as a big league hitter into his work as hitting coach with the Cardinals,” GM Ned Colletti said. “He earned the respect of both veterans and young players while in St. Louis and the offensive numbers...
The Los Angeles Dodgers officially named Mark McGwire their hitting coach on Wednesday. General manager Ned Colletti announced that McGwire will replace the fired Dave Hansen. McGwire, a 12-time All-Star who set a major-league record for home runs in a season in 1998, served as the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach for the past three seasons but made the move to the Dodgers...
The face of performance-enhancing drugs now can’t understand why an athlete would engage in their use.
Mark McGwire, of course, was perhaps the first Major League Baseball player to truly bring PED use into focus. To accomplish that, all he had to do was break MLB’s all-time single-season home run record while on the junk.
After a long exile from baseball and the limelight, McGwire...
Mark McGwire was hired Wednesday as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he'll work with All-Star sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
McGwire spent the past three seasons in the same job with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he starred during parts of his 16-year major league career. During McGwire's tenure, the Cardinals led the National League in batting average...
Mark McGwire is one of the most prolific power hitters in baseball history, but the former slugger wouldn't vote himself into the Baseball Hall of Fame and says he has no beef with keeping him out. "No, not by the guidelines that they have now," McGwire said Friday on the Dan Patrick Show. "I'll never fight it. I totally respect the Hall of Fame. I have never...
The Dodgers officially announced the hiring of Mark McGwire as hitting coach, replacing Dave Hansen. McGwire spent the past three years with the Cardinals as their hitting coach.
Under his tutelage, the Cards offense was top-five in OBP in each of his seasons at the offensive helm, leading all of baseball last year.
McGwire has stated that his philosophy includes not forcing change...
The LA Dodgers have hired their fourth hitting coach since 2008 but this one has ties to the LA area and a Hall of Fame pedigree if you can ignore a past scandal. The Dodgers have announced the hiring of Mark McGwire who served as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach last season. McGwire, a [...]