We knew this was coming eventually, but now it has finally come. McGwire was taking steroids in 1998 when he broke the home run record. Excerpts from his statement, which have been leaked:
- “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.”
- “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’m sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs
had I never taken steroids. 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
- “After all this time, I want to come clean. I was not in a
position to do that five years ago in my congressional testimony, but
now I feel an obligation to discuss this and to answer questions about
it. I’ll do that, and then I just want to help my team.”
- “I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 offseason 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.”
- “During the mid-’90s, I went on the DL seven times and missed 228 games
over five years. I experienced a lot
of injuries, including a ribcage strain, a torn left heel muscle, a
stress fracture of the left heel, and a torn right heel muscle. It was
definitely a miserable bunch of years, and I told myself that steroids
could help me recover faster. I thought they would help me heal and
prevent injuries, too.”
- “Baseball is really different now — it’s been cleaned up. The commissioner and the players’ association implemented
testing and they cracked down, and I’m glad they did.”
The AP report says that McGwire also used human growth hormone, though McGwire didn’t include that
detail in his statement.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has had a tough month of May. Opposing pitchers have become increasingly unwilling to throw hittable pitches in the strike zone for him, and he’s had trouble adjusting. Entering Thursday’s action, Harper was hitting .194/.454/.306 with two home runs in 97 plate appearances this month. 31 of those plate appearances ended in a walk, nine intentionally.
Harper finally got a pitch to hit in the sixth inning against Cardinals starter Mike Leake. Leake threw a 1-1 curve and Harper promptly launched into the upper deck at Nationals Park. It’s Harper’s 12th homer of the year.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was unable to continue his hitting streak on Thursday night, going 0-for-4 out of the leadoff spot against the Rockies in an 8-2 loss. He hit a deep fly ball to right field in the first inning, missing a home run by a few feet. He hit another deep drive in the fifth, but it was caught in front of the wall in center field at Fenway Park by Charlie Blackmon. In his final at-bat, Bradley weakly grounded out on the first pitch from Jon Gray to lead off the eighth inning.
Bradley’s 29-game streak tied Johnny Damon for the fourth-longest streak in Red Sox history. Dom DiMaggio still has the longest in club history at 34 games.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was able to extend his hitting streak streak to 19 games. He went 1-for-3, hitting a line drive single in the first.
Softball legend Jennie Finch will make history on Sunday when she will serve as a guest manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. She will become the first woman to manage a men’s professional baseball team.
In the club’s announcement, GM Jamie Toole said, “We are really excited to have Jennie come out and manage the team. She is an incredible athlete and a wonderful person, and we hope our fans will enjoy seeing her in a Bluefish uniform for the day.”
Finch won the 2001 Women’s College World Series with the University of Arizona. She won the gold medal with Team USA in the 2004 Summer Olympics and silver in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Finch is only managing one game, but it’s still a positive step for inclusiveness in professional sports. Hopefully, in the future, we see more women in sportswriting, broadcasting, coaching, and front office positions.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has been placed on disabled list with a torn right ACL, the club announced on Thursday. He is expected to miss the rest of the season, per MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan. Outfielder Brett Eibner has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
Moustakas suffered the injury colliding with teammate Alex Gordon attempting to catch a foul ball. Gordon suffered a fractured scaphoid bone, which will keep him out of action for three to four weeks.
It’s a tough break for Moustakas as he missed time earlier this month with a fractured thumb. He lands back on the DL hitting .240/.301/.500 with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 113 plate appearances.