That was the dog-bites-man news of the day: Mark McGwire admitting he used steroids throughout the 90's.

In other news, Barack Obama is the nation's first black president.

Anyway, McGwire has been a virtual recluse since his embarrassing performance in those congressional hearings in March 2005, but he recently came out of hiding to become the Cardinals hitting coach. 

"I'm sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids," McGwire told the AP. "I had good years when I didn't take any, and I had bad years when I didn't take any. I had good years when I took steroids, and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn't have done it and for that I'm truly sorry."

There's more from McGwire's statement in the above link to Jim Baumbach's story on newsday.com.

Bud Selig issued this statement:

“I am pleased that Mark McGwire has confronted his use of performance-enhancing substances as a player. Being truthful is always the correct course of action, which is why I had commissioned Senator George Mitchell to conduct his investigation. This statement of contrition, I believe, will make Mark’s reentry into the game much smoother and easier.

“While we, along with all sports organizations, continue to battle the use of such drugs and continue the intensive search for a valid test for HGH, I believe our drug testing program is the toughest and most effective in professional sports. Last year in the Major Leagues, we had only two positives for steroids out of 3,722 tests. We have banned and aggressively test for amphetamines, substances which club doctors and professional athletic trainers have told me had presented serious problems for the sport for decades. Our minor league program will begin its 10th year in 2010. We conducted 8,995 tests in the minor leagues last year of which less than eight-tenths of one percent was positive.

“The use of steroids and amphetamines amongst today’s players has greatly subsided and is virtually non-existent as our testing results have shown. The so-called 'steroid era' – a reference that is resented by the many players who played in that era and never touched the substances – is clearly a thing of the past, and Mark’s admission today is another step in the right direction.”

 

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