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UPDATE: Does Big Mac belong in the Hall of Fame?

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Former St. Louis Cardinals star Mark McGwire is sworn in to testimony at the House of Representatives hearing on Government Reform in Washington, March 17, 2005.

In a statement sent to various news outlets on Monday Mark McGwire finally admitted what many had already suspected.

“I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize,” McGwire said in the release.  “I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”

McGwire said his decision to talk about his steroid use was prompted by his new position as St. Louis’ hitting coach.

McGwire said he feels he has an obligation to talk about this part of his career and answer questions.

Does Sammy Sosa deserve a place in Cooperstown?

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The deference once shown to the stars of America’s favorite pastime has given way to widespread cynicism when records are shattered, especially since Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa engaged in a spirited race in 1998 to break Roger Maris’s single-season record of 61 home runs, a chase that gripped the country with excitement.

In a bid to remove clouds of suspicion chronicled in the book Game of Shadows, Major League Baseball commissioned the “Mitchell Report”. While baseball is not the only sport facing problems, it’s the only sport so invested in an image of sweet American innocence.

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