Mark 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’m such an easygoing guy,” he said. “I don’t need to sweep away any bitterness.” His foray into tutoring, he said, is not about what it can do for him, but what he has to offer. “I believe I have so much knowledge to give and help people improve as baseball players,” he said.
For the four major leaguers who were in his midst this winter — Matt Holliday and Bobby Crosby of the Athletics, and Chris Duncan and Skip Schumaker of the Cardinals —McGwire’s guidance was like a cross between fantasy camp and physics class.
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.