Mark McGwire said he's saddened his estranged brother wrote a book that chronicles their use of performance-enhancing drugs and reiterated his claim that he only took them to heal from injuries.
McGwire said Thursday he’s so upset with brother Jay McGwire that he doesn’t believe reconciliation is possible.
“I don’t plan on ever seeing him again,” said Mc-Gwire, the new hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The youngest of the five Mc-Gwire brothers and Mark’s junior by more than six years, Jay Mc-Gwire lived with Mark and was a frequent clubhouse visitor during McGwire’s time in Oakland. His book, “Mark and Me: Mark Mc-Gwire and the Truth Behind Baseball’s Worst-Kept Secret,” is scheduled for publication Monday.
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Mark McGwire used the word “sad” seven times to describe the book during his 8-minute question-and-answer session with the media in Jupiter, Fla.
“It’s a sad day for my family,” McGwire said. “I don’t know how a family member could do something like that.”
Last month, McGwire admitted taking steroids and human growth hormone during the 1990s, but said he only did so to recover from injuries — not to improve his performance.
Jay McGwire says recovering from injuries was the primary reason for his brother’s decision to use drugs but that Mark McGwire also knew the steroids were helping him gain size and strength.
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