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Coming 'clean.' Just don't let him into the Hall

January 11, 2010 - Per Peterson
Mark McGwire, at one time, baseball’s home run king, admitted Monday he used steroids while playing, which is kind of like a bank robber with blue ink covering his hands admitting he was the one who robbed the bank. The news flash here isn’t that McGwire used. It doesn’t take a pharmacist to know that. The story is that he finally ‘fessed up. Way to go, Mark. Isn’t nice to get that monkey off your back? When I saw this story come over the wire the first thing that popped into my big head was the timing of the announcement — five days after this year’s announcement of Baseball Hall of Fame votes. Andre Dawson was the only one to make it this year, while McGwire finished ninth in voting with 118 votes, or 23.7 percent (a player needs 75 percent to get in). It’s a tough ticket and it should be. My take is McGwire, who said Monday he personally apologized to commissioner Bud Selig and Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, took one look at this year’s vote totals and started crushing things. His Hall of Fame vote totals, by the way, have been pretty much in flatline mode since his retirement ‚ 23.5 percent in 2007, 23.6 percent in 2008, 21.9 percent last year. At this rate, he would enter the Hall posthumously and he knows it. So maybe, he might’ve thought, an apology would help reel in some more votes. Good luck with that one, Mark. This is just a theory, of course, but getting into the Hall of Fame is every player’s dream, and the thought here is that McGwire knows his only chance of fulfilling that dream is to admit his mistakes. You can bet he’ll do a T.V. interview sometime in the future, maybe when next year’s ballots come out. Just a hunch. Confession or not, the only way McGwire should be allowed in the Hall of Fame is with a ticket.


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