Steroid-era confessions and denials
Mark McGwireFormer A's and Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire admitted in January 2010 that he used steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998 and throughout his career. McGwire said his confession, while not surprising to many who believed he had to be juicing, came because he took a job with the Cardinals as a hitting coach, a position he holds today.
In tear-filled Congressional testimony in 2005, McGwire said that he "wasn't here to talk about the past." Jose Canseco, McGwire's teammate in Oakland, said that he had injected McGwire with steroids, but until Monday McGwire had always denied any steroid use. The former slugger did admit taking androstenedione, which was not banned by Major League Baseball at the time, but was banned by the world-doping committee and the NFL. Androstenedione was banned by MLB in 2004.