With the suspensions handed down yesterday by major league baseball, Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire was asked several times before the series with the Cardinals began about what he thought.
McGwire had his time in the thick of the PED scandal as he went to Congress to discuss his use and finally admitted to using steroids in 2010, before he was hired by the Cardinals as their hitting coach.
Speaking to Arash Markazi of ESPNLA.com, McGwire wishes he was never apart of the mess:
I wish there were things in place earlier. They were put in in 2003 I think. I just really hope and pray that this is the end of it. Everybody, especially the players, don’t want any more part of it, and I hope this is the end of it. … I wish I was never part of it.
Known for his home run race with former Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa, McGwire knows that his use will make it impossible for him to be voted into the Hall of Fame.
While no Dodgers were suspended, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera won’t play again this year and that’s a good thing since he’s been in a thorn in their side as he’s hit .417 against them this season.
Yesterday was a bittersweet day for baseball as the players finally received their punishments, but it was another reminder how prominent PEDs are in baseball.
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