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Jan-29-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: Big Mac used steroids!

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it was reported last week that the brother of disgraced baseball home run basher mark mcquire was shopping a book around that no book company was interested in publishing. that’s because the brother was not telling us anything new!

Report: Brother says Mark McGwire used steroids – ESPN

A new book proposal, submitted by the admittedly estranged brother of Mark McGwire, claims the former major league slugger used both steroids and human growth hormone during his career.In the proposal, first reported Wednesday on Deadspin.com, Jay McGwire alleges that Mark used Deca-Durabolin and that he introduced Mark to performance-enhancing drugs in 1994.

Jay McGwire writes in his proposal that his brother “began to use, but in low dosages so he wouldn’t lift his way out of baseball. Deca-Durabolin helped with his joint problems and recovery, while growth hormone helped his strength, making him leaner in the process. I became the first person to inject him, like most first-timers he couldn’t plunge in the needle himself. Later a girlfriend injected him.”

Jose Canseco, in a book he wrote in 2005, claims he and McGwire, former Oakland A’s teammates, used performance-enhancing drugs as far back as 1988. Jay McGwire disputes that in the book proposal.

The McGwire brothers reportedly haven’t spoken to each other for years.

The book, “The McGwire Family Secret: The Truth about Steroids, a Slugger and Ultimate Redemption,” is reportedly being sent by Jay McGwire to several publishing houses in New York. Deadspin.com said that it has been turned down by “many” publishers.

Jay McGwire is a bodybuilder. He writes in the proposal that he took his brother to his supplier and trainer after a 1994 bodybuilding championship, which Jay won. He says McGwire started using performance-enhancing substances then.

The New York Times reported Friday that several publishers who have seen the proposal for the book have passed on it.

“There are so many things about it that I find suspect,” David Hirshey, the executive editor of HarperCollins, told The Times. “If Jay McGwire is to be believed, he says he is setting the record straight out of quote love unquote for his brother, although a cynic might say it’s out of love for a big payday.”

Jay McGwire claims in the proposal that Mark McGwire used androstenedione in 1998 to allow Mark “to avoid all the potential adverse side effects that could occur from using anabolic steroids, such as water retention, hair loss, and liver, heart, or kidney stress. In addition, he wouldn’t have cholesterol problems or testicular atrophy. And there were no problems with the law.”

McGwire hit 70 home runs in the 1998 season, breaking Roger Maris’ single-season record. It has since been eclipsed by Barry Bonds.

Jay McGwire, in the proposal, also says he wished his brother would have confessed at the famous congressional hearing, instead of saying he wasn’t going to talk about the past. Jay McGwire also writes that he doesn’t believe missing out on the Hall of Fame will affect his brother.

“Mark is a man I think most would like to forgive because his reason wasn’t nefarious — it was for survival,” he wrote, according to the proposal. “My bringing the truth to surface about Mark is out of love. I want Mark to live in truth to see the light, to come to repentance so he can live in freedom — which is the only way to live. ”

The Deadspin.com report does not say if it asked Mark McGwire for comment on the proposal. Attempts by ESPN to reach McGwire on Thursday have been unsuccessful.

McGwire has been out of the public eye since retiring from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001. He is now 45 years old.

Mark McGwire repeatedly has denied using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. When he testified under oath before Congress in 2005, however, he wouldn’t discuss whether he did.

“Who knows what might have happened if I didn’t get Mark involved with all the training, supplements, the right foods, steroids, and HGH?” the Web site quoted Jay McGwire as writing. “He would not have broken any records, and the congressional hearings would have gone on without him. Maybe Barry Bonds wouldn’t have ever gotten involved with the stuff, either.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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that’s not news!!!!!

but what we did learn is(as espn’s buster olney points out):

McGwire’s brother about as bad as it gets

Friday, January 23, 2009 | Feedback | Print Entry

A candidate for least interesting story of the year so far, for me, is word that Mark McGwire‘s brother, Jay, has circulated a book proposal in which the brother says the former slugger used steroids.

I think the overwhelmingly one-sided public opinion on whether or not McGwire took steroids was cemented long ago, shaped largely by his refusal to testify about the issue before Congress on March 17, 2005. And now, four years later … NEWSFLASH: BROTHER SAYS MCGWIRE USED STEROIDS. What’s next? NEWSFLASH, 2009: FORMER TEAMMATE CLAIMS NOLAN RYAN OCCASIONALLY DRILLED HITTERS INTENTIONALLY. NEWSFLASH, 2009: NEW BOOK REVEALS RIPKEN HAD SERIOUS WORK ETHIC. NEWSFLASH, 2009: FORMER CLUBHOUSE KID COMES OUT ON EVE OF HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND SAYS RICKEY HENDERSON OFTEN SPEAKS OF HIMSELF IN THE THIRD PERSON. This is almost worse than rubbernecking, trying to catch a glimpse of a wreck’s aftermath. This is almost like pulling off to the side of the road to hang out and take digital shots of the cleanup. The McGwire saga is almost entirely played out. He made his choices, including his decision to not testify openly at the congressional hearing March 17, 2005. For that, he will never get in the Hall of Fame, because his decisions that day cast him into an inescapable catch-22. If he says nothing, he’ll probably continue to receive a vote total in the 25 percent range, as he has in his first three years on the Hall of Fame ballot. On the other hand, if he were to come out and admit that he used steroids, then I suspect about 40-50 percent of the writers would never vote for an acknowledged steroid user. And it’s not absolutely clear, by the way, that McGwire really even spends his days fretting about all that. He certainly understands by now that he’s been convicted in the court of public opinion, and the fact that his brother is indicating that McGwire used steroids doesn’t change any of that; all it does is create a media squall that will go away in a few days, until the next McGwire-related tidbit drifts out from somebody trying to make a few bucks. A lot of columnists are writing that he should come out and come clean and be open, for the sake of garnering forgiveness, for the sake of his Hall of Fame chances. If McGwire asked for my advice (and he wouldn’t), I’d tell him that there would be only two reasons he might want to speak out. No. 1: He should open up if he is absolutely devoted to the idea of following up on his words from the March 2005 hearing and is willing to throw his whole heart and soul into the fight against steroid use. If this is something for which he does not have a deep passion, well, any suggestion from him that he wants to help would come off as insincere, a weak effort to win a few public-relations points in a battle he will never win. Most importantly, No. 2: McGwire should talk about it if he feels it’s important for the sake of his own children. Several years ago, I worked on a piece on Ken Caminiti, and in the midst of a discussion about Caminiti with Wally Joyner, I asked Joyner benignly about whether he had spoken to his late teammate about steroids. And during that conversation, Joyner told me that he had asked Caminiti to get steroids for him, and that he had used them very briefly: He took two pills before flushing the rest down a toilet. What Joyner said that day was that he wanted the record straight for the sake of his daughters: He did not want somebody coming out after the fact and making accusations, leaving Joyner to explain himself to his children. Wally wasn’t selling a book when he talked to me. He just wanted, above all else, to do the right thing as a parent. Maybe McGwire doesn’t need that. Maybe he’s settled the whole issue with his kids. Maybe all the McGwires, except for the brother, have moved on. Maybe it’s time the rest of us do, too. Richard Justice feels this family squabble should never have gone public.

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