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Tony LaRussa on McGwire Admission

01.11.10 at 6:10 pm ET
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Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, who managed Mark McGwire for most of the slugger’s career and remained adamant over the years that the former single-season record holder for homers had not used steroids, spoke with ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Monday about his former player’s admission that he had used steroids throughout his career. Courtesy of ESPN, here are some excerpts of the interview.

LaRussa, on his reaction to today’s news:

“I didn’t know anything except that I knew we ran a legit program and that Mark was a good example of working his butt off and getting his strength gains as a product of hard work. I did, and still speak to his character and integrity.”

LaRussa, on his current perspective regarding McGwire as a hitting instructor and his integrity:

“I think, as the entire circumstances come out of his usage – why, when, where – I think he’ll come off and regain a lot of stature that he had with fans and with his peers about being a solid pro…he admits he made mistakes and he’s sorry for it. We all make mistakes and at least he owns up to it.

“He got so much criticism about his performance in (front of) Congress. One thing he did not do is lie, and I don’t think he ever would.”

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