Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire weighed in on the latest PED Biogenesis suspensions, expressing extreme remorse for his involvement and admitting he probably will never be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, despite 583 career home runs and breaking Roger Maris’ 61 home run single season record.
As reported by ESPN.com Arash Markazi, McGwire is doubtful he’ll get the Hall call:
“Unfortunately, I don’t believe there will be a day that I will be in there,” McGwire said. “That’s OK. That’s the way things are. I’ve dealt with it. I’m OK with it.”
McGwire has been on the ballot 7 times, but hasn’t cracked more than 20% of the vote since 2010. 75% is needed for election and it appears there are enough Baseball Writers Association of America members that won’t vote for suspected steroid users that his prophesy is likely to come to fruition.
McGwire went on to express remorse overall in getting involved with PEDs, and echoed what he believes is a desire by current players to clean up the game (according to ESPN.com/Markazi):
“It doesn’t matter what I think; I think it matters what the players think, and from what I hear every day in the clubhouse, they’re just happy it’s coming to an end,” McGwire said. “They’re happy that Major League Baseball is taking care of it and we can move forward. Hopefully this will be the end of it.”
This latest round of PED suspensions highlights that, despite a testing program in place for almost a decade, there are still loopholes and players willing to take their chances by beating the tests. Notable, of the 12 suspensions that were accepted on Monday, only one was an All-Star, with the list peppered with minor leaguers. Essentially, borderline players that need an edge to make a roster (and the millions that go with it). It’s a high stakes game of chance with the reward outweighing the risk for players that are marginal Major Leaguers.
Where there is a game, there will always be cheaters. You wonder if that would still be the case with a single-strike lifetime ban punishment structure?
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