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Mark McGwire has finally admitted to using steroids for nearly a decade. The way I feel about the use of those things, and what it has done to baseball – put an asterick by the record. Roger Maris lived with it, but Maris did his record the old fashioned way – he earned it.
We all know it is about getting into the HOF. Sorry, but after this, I have no sympathy. Then again, the way I detest the Cards (my least favorite team) what can you expect?
“...Mark McGwire finally came clean Monday, 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. “I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said in a statement. “It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.” McGwire also used human growth hormone, a person close to McGwire said, speaking on condition of anonymity because McGwire didn’t include that detail in his statement. McGwire’s decision to admit using steroids was prompted by his decision to become hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, his final big league team. Tony La Russa, McGwire’s manager in Oakland and St. Louis, has been among McGwire’s biggest supporters and thinks returning to the field can restore the former slugger’s reputation. “I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come,” McGwire said. “It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected.”…”
Andre Dawson joined the ranks of the Immortals today. After nine years of waiting, he was elected to the Hall of Fame.
“…A jump of 59 votes from 2009 got Dawson into baseball’s Hall of Fame in his ninth year on the ballot. Dawson, the only player elected this year, was thrilled.
“The wait isn’t a big factor in the scheme of things,” Dawson said. “You get frustrated when people say, ‘When are you going to get in,’ and you don’t have an answer for that. As I sit here now, I think it was well worth the wait. … One thing my mama always said is it’s going to happen one day, just be ready when it happens.”
Dawson, who finished 44 votes short a year ago when Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were elected, was named on 420 of 539 ballots in this year’s Baseball Writers Association of America election — good for 77.9 percent of the vote.