Today, Mark McGwire admits the obvious — that he used steroids throughout the 1998 season during which he hit 70 home runs. His statement was apologetic, but also with a bit of self-rationalization.
“I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said in the statement. “It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”
And when Roger Maris hit 61 homers in 1961, he had 162 games to work with (and it took him 159 to get to 60). So should Babe Ruth still reign supreme as the single-season home run king, having hit 60 in 1927 in only a 154-game season?