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McGwire admits the obvious: "I used steroids"

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I know this isn't really Tigers related (save for all the tape measure home runs Big Mac hit at Tiger Stadium), but Mark McGwire finally copping to the use of steroids is worthy of comment.

From McGwire's statement to the media:

"I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected. I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize. I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 off season and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again. I used them on occasion throughout the '90s, including during the 1998 season.

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."

Is this McGwire's way of appealing to the Hall of Fame voters, or is he just attempting to get the worst out of the way before taking the field in spring training as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach?

Either way, no one should be surprised by McGwire's mea culpa.

The 'roids cat is officially out of the bag. Feel free to flame away.

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