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Friday, March 13, 2009
McGwire EmergesMark McGwire emerges from his undisclosed location and speaks to a New York Times reporter:
In this instance, McGwire agreed to an interview with the understanding that it would focus on his work as a hitting tutor, and not on other issues. But at one point, McGwire did address the criticism he has received for being linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
I have been critical of McGwire's testimony before Congress in 2005 and believe that he, as a retired player when everything went crazy, was in a unique position to defuse the steroid hysteria with information and candor and missed that opportunity completely. I don't believe in a death penalty in baseball for PEDs, however, so I would hope that the game would welcome Mark McGwire back to it if he truly wishes to return and try to add something positive, be it coaching hitters or otherwise.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 8:15am
Jason @ IIATMS said...
Did he see his shadow? I’m sick of winter.
Posted 03/13 at 10:18 AM
APBA Guy said...
I second the above, and if he did anything positive with Crosby he can put “Miracle Worker” on his business card.
Posted 03/13 at 11:19 AM
From what I’ve read in the past, he helped Matt Holliday develop his high leg-kick timing mechanism which led (directly or indirectly, I’m not sure) to Holliday being much more consistent at the plate. If you look at Holliday’s minor league numbers, they weren’t too awe-inspiring so I’m willing to give McGwire some credibility as a hitting instructor/adviser/whatever you want to call it…
Posted 03/13 at 12:22 PM
Like a lot of us, I’ve spent a lot of time reading up on this topic. Offhand, I’m skeptical that your assessment of
Posted 03/13 at 12:26 PM
OH, screw McGwire. The guy’s a total douche bag.
Posted 03/13 at 02:19 PM
McGwire’s missed every opportunity to turn a lemon into lemonade ... all he needs to do is come clean ... admit he goofed ... create a foundation like Dick Butkis’ I PLAY CLEAN ... and all of a sudden he;s a hero again and a shoo-in for Cooperstown. MLB needs someone to take the whole roids epic and put some feel-good closure on it. Who better to do it than Big Mac?
Posted 03/14 at 03:07 AM
I think McGwire has certainly missed a couple of opportunities to if not come clean, not look like a total buffoon. That said, he doesn’t owe us as fans anything. The sooner we realize that - one - cheating has been going on in baseball for years - whether it’s greenies, sharpening your cleats, using a spitball, or taking PEDS, this is nothing new. It’s merely the newest way. That’s not to say it’s okay, but lets not pretend like these guys are the first to try and cheat. It’s good that MLB is now enforcing PED rules.
And Second, we need to realize that while maybe not the majority, but at least a substantial minority of players were using PED’s in the nineties. For whatever reason, though, we only get really angry about Bonds, McGwuire, and guys of their stature. That’s unfair. The steroid era was a sad one, but so was the violent, racist era that players like Ty Cobb played in. PED’s is just something else that baseball had to endure, change it’s rules to prohibit, and then move on.
We should move on, too.
Posted 03/14 at 11:48 AM