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January 12th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Steroid Era: Has it Changed Your View of Baseball?

Ending more than a decade of denials, former baseball slugger Mark McGwire has admitted using steroids throughout the 1990’s, including in 1998 when he broke Roger Maris' single-season home run record. McGwire apologized in a statement released by the Cardinals saying his drug use "was foolish and it was a mistake." He went on to say, he does not believe the performance enhancing substances gave him an advantage.

McGwire’s revelation isn’t surprising to most baseball fans. Major League Baseball's commissioner, Bud Selig launched an investigation into steroid use in 2006 after two San Francisco newspaper reporters released the book "Game of Shadows," chronicling baseball's so-called steroid era in the 1990s.

We want to hear from you, has the steroid era changed your view of the game of baseball or do you even care?

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Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. randy

    Mark should be stripped of all records,and band from baseball. Our kids need better people to look up to,not cheaters or liars.Cry me a river Mark.

    January 12, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  2. Scott

    Baseball has to change an start drug testing everyone. The cheaters and lairs are not welcome in sports.Mark should loose everything.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  3. John

    On or not on steriods, you still have to hit the ball, its not like popeye just eat a can of spinach and your superman. Lets move on people.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This is the space age we need sports teams totally dependent on steroids everyone needs to do them this way there can be no cheating and there can be more blood and guts when playing sports like gladiators gone wild .

    January 12, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  5. andrea

    SERENITY NOW! Tony SERENITY NOW!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  6. Jean-Louis

    This goon is a liar, a cheat and a dirt bag. He should be in jail for aggravated deception with intent to defraud.

    As if using illegal performing enhanching drugs were not enough, this dope thinks the public were duped into believing he never used drugs as an active player, and now this sobbing, sorry-*ssed wussy has the audacity to expect the world to believe the drugs he injested had no affect whatsoever on improving his performance. Evidently, the steroids must have (further) impaired his alleged thought process.

    He's got about as much credibility as the Balloon-Boy's father. Maybe the two of them will team up for a TV "reality" show.

    Baseball needs an absolute 2-strike-and you're out policy, with NO exceptions to rid itself of these ridiculous embarrassments and cheaters, pretending to be athletes, who tarnish this sport.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  7. Dan

    NBA players with guns in the locker room. MLB players on Steroids. Golfers with adultery problems.
    I am sick and tired of the pro athletes, making millions upon millions of dollars, yet tend to screw up.
    If the above listed events happened to a normal every day working man or woman, at a minimal we would be fired.
    I think the same should apply for pro athletes. If they lose millions, don't cry in my wheaties.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  8. James

    No. Not one bit.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  9. sumer barnett

    who cares that he used steriords. that was then, focus on the future of baseball.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  10. craig

    His apology reminds me of the" balloon boy" DAD ! How sad !
    C

    January 12, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  11. frank

    The great american bore. Let 'em take every drug they can get their hands on. Might make the game worth watching.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  12. Ash

    I dont care! In my opinion, they are a bunch of over paid "jocks" who don't deserve a penny and juice their way through life!

    January 12, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  13. Ray

    I do not agree with the use of steroids, the fact is hitting a fast ball requires eye hand coordination which steroids does not help.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  14. Charles

    No. We all knew he was juicing, He is not going to get into the Hall of Fame it doesn't matter. How about we just move on and focus on the amazing talent who are actually playing the game.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  15. Johnathan Figueroa

    The use of steroid, doesn't hinder to the beauty of the game to me personally, but more accurately reflects the users morals and dedication.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  16. samuel

    syeriods might give you the ability to send a baseball into the stratosphere, but it doesn't help the sheer talent it takes to actually make contact with a 90mph fastball. That is a good eye, not good roids.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  17. Jack

    I'm so tired of hearing about steroids in sports. McGwire did that over 10 years ago, and he's just now admitting to it? And the Cardinals are supposed to take him back and think that everything is okay now, now that he's admitted to it? I don't think so. I think Major League Baseball should forget about him, and concentrate on players with real talent.

    Jack

    January 12, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  18. Amar

    Is anyone really surprised by this anymore? McGuire made a complete mockery of himself at the congressional hearings, and the smart thing would've been to come out with it back then. But, like any athlete who cheats, we'll give him a second chance and send the entirely wrong message to kids and teens who idolize them. At least he's not playing the race card like Barry Bonds.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  19. Rick Of Orlando

    We love to play arcade games with Physically Over-sized characters, what would make anyone think that we want to see any different from our athletes? The bigger the beast, the better the game. Who cares what they decide to take in order to over perform? Not me.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  20. Bobby

    This admission surprised me very little. Mark McGuire is an enormous man who was overcoming injuries, obviously on the juice. I really don't care about his confession.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  21. Alan Bissett

    Baseball has let steroids ruin a once great game, the records should not count and the players that used steroids should not be allowed into the Hall of Fame. Cheating to set records is still cheating, I was taught that cheating is wrong.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  22. robert

    Hey Tony,
    Didn't you love Mark's tears? I wonder if anyone has contacted Pete Rose yet to see if he can come up crying?
    Ain't it funny it that Mark comes clean just in time for a new job and a new multi $$$$$$ contract?
    Gee...what kind of fools are these guys playing with in us?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  23. Eileen

    Poor Mark– Boo Hoo - I like the idea that everyone in sports should be totally dependent and on steriods. Take those 'roids at the point of a gun, or else. Don't think you can trust anyone in professional sports, or politics

    January 12, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  24. Meg Albers

    why should sports be any diferent then politics, banking, insurers...they all lie, cheat and steal. how very discouraging the current corrupt culture is.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  25. Lorna Jackson

    It looks like Bud Selig is going to "forgive" Mark McGwire very quickly. What about Pete Rose?????? Does Selig even listen to the fans?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  26. Julius

    Tony,
    I don't think steroids matter at all. Most of the pro ball players need many more skills than power, and to be honest i think baseball is Hand eye coordination sport, as well as years of training. Steroids wont help much and with heavy lifting over time many athletes will get larger and they will get stronger, the steroid is just a extra bump, or it will be a extra help in the healing of injuries sustained over time while playing not a Home-run record breaking miracle pill/juice.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  27. Justin

    It's sad to see, but does anyone watch baseball anymore? Lets just remember the sport for its golden days and let it finally die as our national pastime.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  28. Jim Hobbs

    Dear Mr. McGwire.

    Thank you for finally admitting your guilt. You should have been honest from the beginning. I think if you want to coach in MLB you should take your suspension first, and do community service (e.g go to highschools and talk with students about steroids). I'll forgive you this time.

    Your fan

    Jim

    January 12, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  29. steve in NC

    I couldn't care less how the league chooses to destroy itself. MLB's policies ruined the game. McGuire is but a personification of baseball's self destruction. His cheating is a non-issue.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  30. Cornell

    Tony we all knew Marc was on the juice! His past denials meant nothing, and I knew this day would come. Frankly, I don't even care! I care more about the Federal Reserve not being a government entity, and controlling the nations dollars. They're a privately owned bank who cares only about its major investors. Their playing games with people's lives, and that Tony is a game that worries me most.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  31. Fred DiPietro

    I care for the youth of america who love this sport and are realizing that their hero's used enhancing substances to improve their game.
    I understand that competition is the bloodline of all sports, and when a player shows up for spring training as a starter and see's some huge God-Like being saturated with steroids trying to take your position away from you, he has two choices: take steroids and compete, or don't take steroids and compete. I wish more of the players didn't take steroids and compete on the same plain as all future players can strive for with hard work and ethical intentions.
    Today, I still consider Babe Ruth as the Homerun King. He hit 714 Homeruns in 8323 at bats. No one has come close to that feat. Not Aaron, Bonds, can claim that many homeruns in that few at bats.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  32. Stan

    Mark, you and all the rest of the Athletics do not owe any aplogy to anyone, It's the owners that should apoloygies because they want ball players of that paticular to get back on the field or court as soon as possible, because sports fans want to see them perform. No matter what a persons takes you still have to perform and I don't blame or point the finger at anyone athletic because the bottom line is performance and the MONEY their being paid. Mark and all the rest of your athletics have my full support and respect, you all did what you had to do for your owners clubs.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  33. Joe

    The majority of the superstars in that era were taking PHD's. Their reputations have been tarnished and they've lost out on millions in endorsements. It is time we move on and forgive these guys and enjoy baseball now since it is cleaned up.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  34. Timothy

    It sadded me to hear Mark admit his steriod use. Baseball is America's pasttime and for any player to have the honor of being on a baseball team then cheats, should be stripped of all achivements and his name needs to be place on The Wall of Shame.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  35. daniel

    using steroids to play any sport is cheating, no questions ask. do we "need" that to improve human performance in sports? definitely not! there is a limit on what we can do as human beings anything beyond that is unacceptable. I am a marathoner/triathlete, and i "play" by the rules training my butt off to do what i do.....

    January 12, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  36. Dajour

    Ummmm............... Ive been unemployed for months now and am really having hard time... I could care less about a Pro baseball player with probably millions in the bank.... – which ever way the coin falls this steriod abuser will have a roof over his head and wont have to worry about food and or health care.... !

    January 12, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  37. jane lyon

    i take steriods about every 3 months for an auto immune system disease. it isn't a choice. none of the other drugs i take help me like steroids. not to be super human, just to function near normal for two to four weeks. started in 2000. i don't know everything about his story, don't care. i watched the epic year between him and sosa. no one can answer the question could he have done it without them. move on. if it's so important then there should have been mandatory testing in all professional sports. i wish him well as a batting coach. a cardinals fan.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  38. Jeff Simon

    Well Hooray for Mark. He finally came clean on something we all knew. Both Jose and Mark came to spring training once upon a time in the 80's looking like the incredible hulk twins when the year before they just looked like any normal athlete. These guys suck. They changed the game for the worse. The egos, the drugs, the bloated paychecks that physically make me ill when I think about the fact that people get paid millions and millions of dollars TO PLAY A GAME. You want good baseball? Go watch little league, but then of course you'd have to deal with loud mouthed, arrogant parents who can't seem to keep their comments positive.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  39. sue scott

    Anyone using drugs/steroids should be banned from the game.
    Really, anyone not showing good-sportsmanship should get one warning and counciling...second offence, banned from any sports.
    Hold accountability dear and everyone would benefit; especiallyour children.
    Susie,Ewa Beach,HI

    January 12, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  40. scott

    Why would anyone think cheating and lying to America is ok. Anyone employing Mark to work for them is NUTS and part of the problem in sports.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  41. Wojciech Moskal

    In my believe we should get rid of all of the over glorified professional sports, entertainment clowns. In the end what they've actually create is a market that damages overall economic and medical health of America. They have become gods( role models ) young people today. A perfect play ground for devil and satin. The rule monkey sees monkey does applies today as it always has. A lot of this people spend their hard earned money on what I call clowns, then what clowns do is invest that money on things design to rip them off even more. Once again they are doing a great job with their public image by attaching them selfs to a cause, or a charity (it's all to deceive the public). When in all reality they invest real amount of money to research, design, and promote more ways of addicting people, deceiving them, taking advantage of their weaknesses. If they actually cared about people they would number one invest money in education, schools, churches. What I see is them promoting drinking, bars, sex, gambling, etc. Take Boston sports for an example local people are so into their sports – all those championships, named best sports city in the USA people love this stuff. But go to the neighborhoods surrounding Boston and what you see is bunch of poverty struck, scared, brain washed, blind, addicted to heroin, ox y cottons, coke, crack, alcohol weed suffering people. Yet none of this super sports star teams I choose to call clowns did anything to actually help them.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  42. Jeremy Reger

    I just want to know why he isnt already in Federal prison.. He lied under oath. Now he is openly admitting to it. He should be thrown in jail. Not sent off to his new coaching job.

    Just my opinion.. not sore about it because everyone already knew he was.. nobody looks like those guys without something in their backside.. Its just not how we are made.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  43. mike sey

    Juat caught your interview on Nigeria being put on some list of Terrorist states. You suggested Nigeria should view this as an opportunity to reassure the "international Community'. As far as I can see the international community is not that concerned about Nigeria. Its only the US and CNN's panicky anchors that are scared to death and over-reacting because you don't know or understand anything outside a 40 mile circle around Washington and Atlanta.

    Can't wait to hear you on the bombing of an Iranian Nuclear scientist this morning. On second thoughts don't bother. I can get it sooner and more reliably from the BBC.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  44. Joe

    Mark has owned up to the use, admitted his wrong, now get off his back and quit riding this dead horse.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  45. Frankie Fullerton

    I lost respect for McGwire years ago when he sat in front of Congress and made a fool of himself. Notwithstanding that debacle, I am glad that he finally cleared things up in his own mind, because they were already clear in mine. What people don't discuss enough, is the records, especially important records like number of homers in a season. It shouldn't count, and baseball should expunge that record from the books, with no asterisks. As far as I'm concerned, Hank Aaron still owns the record for homers in a career.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  46. Ski

    Big surprise. There's not a professional athlete that anyone can truly trust after the admissions of the last few years – it's not just the fact that they did the things they've admitted doing, because we are all human, it's the fact that they can so openly and brazenly lie about them that makes them pathetic. When you take an oath to tell the truth and can't do it, that's pathetic. Bottom line – they have to look at themselves in the mirror the rest of their lives.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  47. Cam Longhurst

    Has any competing team ever filed a protest during a game regarding alleged steroid use of a competitor?

    Does a competing team that lost a game, perhaps a key game or playoff game, during the time when Mark McGuire was not playing by the rules have any recourse or access to compensation?

    January 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  48. Jeff Robins

    What I would like to know is: How many of the "list of 300" were pitchers? Did the hitters enjoy any particular advantage if they were up against a pitcher who was also using steroids? While steroids didn't necessarily help a batter to "hit a round ball with a round bat", if they helped a player return from injury faster, steroids did in fact help a player's numbers. I will always be a baseball fan, but it will be nice to put this all behind and get back to baseball. It took ML B too long to act on thius issue.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  49. Jim H

    The growth of sports in schools and colleges has often been accompanied by the claim that athletics builds character. To be fair, the advocates never actually said what type of character.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  50. Mister

    I think that there are double standards.Some players are blasted by media and press while others are given a pass as to why it was done.There is no excuse for cheating and a cheat is a cheat.
    All records should be (*) and indicated as cheater because of steroid use.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  51. Alberto Marquez de la Plata

    No, it does not matter... Baseball is still a great entertainment sport...! Steroids won't help you hit a major league pitch. It is a tool to repair your body. It should not be used to enhance it, but it is...In any pro sport, they complain about the money pro's make but it is "entertainment at sport" Just you try and buy a franchise, good luck with that...! Pro Cycling is tested and they still do it... I hope they can get over this and realize it is entertainment... if Robin Williams smokes a joint before his set, and makes me laugh harder as a result, who cares...!

    January 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  52. Mister

    The use of any drugs to enhance your ability to have an advantage over others should not be praised or allowed. All players are not treated as well as Mark.

    January 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  53. Jim Bigbee

    I have been a baseball fan since 1952. Our great American Pastime has gone thru many bad times, scandels, drug problems and even gambling. Yet our Great Game survives. The Game Will Go On, as there is no time limit in the game of baseball.

    In regards to Mr. McGwire's difficulties, I would say that confession will be good for him. Now he can put to rest the torments he has had to live with in private. I know he will move on from this time and enjoy his future days among us.

    January 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  54. Joseph Stanislau

    Yes steroids have change baseball, but it hasn't changed my mind because a lot of players now a days are working out and using their down time with the "Strength and Conditioning Coaches."

    Steroids don't make quality home run hitters such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa. It has to be the skill (i.e., You still have to make contact and hit the ball in the proper spot, and the hand-eye coordination has to be timed right in order to power a baseball more than 400 plus feet long) that the steroids must enhance but it's only going to effect the estrogen, and testosterone in the mans body in order to effect them physically.

    The mental health of Mark was that he didn't take steroids too often but he did have that after look with the outrageously huge fore arms, biceps, and calves. A regular hitter in baseball has to use 70% of their body weight in order to make the proper amount of mass to make a baseball travel 400 + feet.

    January 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  55. Melissa

    A lesson is learned from a Little League baseball team that loses their title for lying about a players age... Yet a MLB player can lie for years about taking performance enhancing drugs and we're asked IF he should keep his record?

    January 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  56. scott

    How stupid are people that think steroids don't help in the strength of someone in sports. Da. Why do you think they take them ? To get high? DA

    January 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  57. Kathleen Van Schuyler

    I am sad to hear he used steroids and it makes me not want to tach baseball anyone – I am a ex-watcher

    January 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  58. Ron David

    I believe Mcgwire started off using steroids to help him mend his injuries quicker but at the same time it gave him more strength to hit those long home runs, rather than stop he just kept doing it, I think he had the ability to do it on his own but once he saw the enhancement he received because of the steroids he just could not stop himself from continueing to use them-If one steroid user makes the Hall of Fame then I think all the users who qualify should make the Hall of Fame but if the rule is no steroid users go to the Hall then so be it!

    January 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  59. Ricky Townsend

    Canseco hit the issue on the head when he spoke about how McGwire cheated, and we didn't beleive him. Now McGwire comes out crying saying he cheated. Why are we letting him back into the game of Baseball? He lied to Congress and the American people on live TV.
    He should be banned. And along with him take Barry Bonds and Sosa as well.
    Cheaters and Liars.

    January 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  60. William Courtland

    Chemicals...

    Now I do not know about every chemical, so what does the alcohol from an iced orange taste like? Given proper fermentation and accents?

    Does a frozen orange juice better? Do they just fall off the vine?

    How hard would it be to remove the sour?

    Steroids are just like drinking, it does something, the question is: What do you want to watch? Those going for the goal, or the enjoyment of the game, and each expects leagues? The steroid league like pro-WWF wrestling: it a show of endurance lost in the spectacle, but in steroids case it is closer to pornographic in cinematic comparison.

    Yet baceball is not an olympic sport to grant the comparison? How many nations does it take to become one?

    I wonder what special enhancements one takes for Chess...

    January 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  61. scott

    William, that was enough bs for everyone. Steroids are just wrong for sports. period.

    January 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  62. Randy

    what a loser ,he's probably teaching his kids the same thing. but one thing he's sitting back with all his money and saying who cares what people think they should strip of all his titles

    January 13, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  63. leestc97

    When football and baseball players striked in the 90's I started getting sick of them. Then prices for games went out of control. I couldn't afford to take my entire family, so didn't go. Then cable stopped allowing us to buy select games because MLB and NFL wanted us to buy their entire season package. I'm sick of professional sports. The owners and players have reached the status of politicians, lawyers, car salesmen, doctors, journalists, etc. They are just after money and/or fame and will lie and cheat to get it.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  64. LAURA

    SERIOUSLY:
    NBA players with guns in the locker room. MLB players on Steroids. Golfers with adultery problems. What has this world come too? These athletes are payed millions upon millions of dollars, are kids look up to them as heros & this is how they repay them- Something has got tobe done about this on going problem- We cant turn on the news w/ out hearing about what the latest athlete has done from drugs, cheating, fraud the list goes on

    January 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  65. scott

    I guess if everyone would stop going to these pro games, it would send a message to the owners. The owners are the problem too ,for hiring people like Mark. We need drug testing of all sports.Or maybe test everyone?

    January 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm |