January 9, 2013 |
PHOENIX - If Mark McGwire had a Hall of Fame ballot, for whom would he have voted? McGwire wouldn't say. “I don't vote,” McGwire said. Asked if he would have voted for Barry Bonds, McGwire sidestepped the question. “I really don't have opinions on a lot of things,” McGwire said. “Barry Bonds was quite a ballplayer. He was pretty damn awesome. That's all I can say.” McGwire, who was at the Dodgers' winter development camp as the team's new hitting coach, was polite but diplomatic when asked about about the fact that no players were elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
January 12, 2010 |
A suggestion for Major League Baseball: When it is time to replace Bud Selig as commissioner, forget businessmen, lawyers or charismatic leaders. Hire a priest. Monday was Mark McGwire's turn in the confessional. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. A lot of those 583 home runs I hit in the major leagues were juiced, like me. The year I hit 70 and broke the cherished record of Roger Maris, they were all juiced, just like me. I am sorry. I was wrong. Yawn. The usual reaction these days is to give the player credit for fessing up and apologizing.
May 14, 2013 |
I had never met Mark McGwire before Tuesday night, but I knew of his reputation and the fact he has struck out so far as the Dodgers' hitting coach. So given the Dodgers' lack of power, I asked, "Is it time to introduce the players to steroids?" McGwire laughed and I wondered why. "You're funny," he said before finally adding, "No. No. " What a bummer, I told him, I thought you might have the magic potion to get the Dodgers going. "The magic potion is in between the ears," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1998
As I watched this giant of a person hit this home run, it occurred to me that Mark McGwire is a hero in every sense of the word. The thing that has most impressed me, even more than the accomplishment, is the style and grace this man has shown. From involving his young son in the chase, to the emotional embrace he gave the Maris family, to the way he and Sammy Sosa show obvious respect and friendship, Tuesday is a day I will never forget. In this age of presidents letting us down and star athletes who seem to care more about the money than the game, I am proud of the great American pastime.
March 1, 2010 |
It was 2:30 on a weekend afternoon, and Mark McGwire was still in the hitting cage, in uniform, working with St. Louis Cardinals hitters. He had been there since shortly after 7 a.m. after arriving at the Roger Dean Stadium complex an hour earlier, as usual reporting to duty with his extra security detail. As McGwire picked up a bat to make a point to a non-roster hitter, in the Florida Marlins' identical cage at the shared facility, less than 100 yards away, players' children, some barely old enough to walk, ran around and wrestled with each other in the hitting area.
October 10, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Mark McGwire is family here. No one saw that coming, not at the beginning. The St. Louis Cardinals rented him for the pennant stretch in 1997, and surely the California kid would serve out his two months, then go home in free agency. He stayed, for the rest of his career. He electrified the city, home run after home run after record-breaking home run. In 2001, when he could no longer play, he walked away from the Cardinals, and from the $30 million they had guaranteed him. In 2010, when he admitted he had used steroids, St. Louis gave him a big hug and welcomed him back to the Cardinals, this time as the hitting coach.