Some will claim steroids were not disallowed at the time, and that, of course, is 100 percent false. There was no testing for them during McGwire's career, and no spelled-out punishment. But they were neither permitted in baseball nor legal in our society. Some will say that everyone did them, and I'll agree that many did do them. But I will say first that not everyone did do them, and most who did got away with it. While McGwire has never failed a test or confessed, in my mind he is caught.Heyman does not specifically address it, but baseball and track have very similar doping problems. The common issue is a reverence for each sports' stats, numbers and records, which doping has totally and completely fouled up.
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Friday, December 29, 2006
Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman punches around Mark McGwire in an online column which details his Hall of Fame vote.