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Deadspin: McGwire “Steriods Secret” Revealed!

When Jose Canseco first released “Juiced” in 2005, news of the widespread use of steroids in Major League Baseball throttled the game. Canseco ratted a number of his former friends including Rafeal Palmeiro and former Bash Brother Mark McGwire, and made a lot of money doing it.

That is perhaps the motivation for Mark’s brother, Jay McGwire. Jay has a book proposal out called “THE MCGWIRE FAMILY SECRET:The Truth about Steroids, a Slugger, and Ultimate Redemption” that has been turned down by many, perhaps because McGwire’s steroid use isn’t such a secret. details Jay’s personal problems:

That is if you believe, Jay, the youngest, least successful McGwire brother who lost an eye in a BB gun accident as a young boy (for real) then used the $150,000 insurance settlement he received from it to purchase high-end steroids and build himself into a 6-ft.3, 320 pound professional bodybuilder. Mark became interested in steroids once he saw the positive effects it had on his little brother’s physique and to help him with his chronic injury problems . Jay began hooking his brother up with light dosages and the home run records began to fall.

So, Jay has a lot of incentive in cashing in on a book deal. But…how could he, in an age of bailouts, rat out and screw his brother?

“Mark is a man I think most would like to forgive because his reason wasn’t nefarious—it was for survival. 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.”

Yeah, he really loves his brother. Sure. That’s why, according to Deadspin, that McGwire and his brother haven’t spoken for a long time.

Thanks again to Deadspin, for a few excerpts of the book:

“Shortly after I won the Contra Costa Bodybuilding Championships in May of 1994, Mark took the plunge. I accompanied him to Sacramento where we met with my supplier and trainer, who explained to him how the different drugs would work on his body and answered a myriad of questions from Mark. Given Mark’s curiosity and lack of knowledge about steroids I saw from Mark, I would be shocked if Mark did something like what Jose Canseco claimed happened back in the early years….[M]ark 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.”

If Jay is right, McGwire didn’t start using steroids until more than a year after Jose Canseco left the A’s. Canseco did return to the A’s in 1997 before McGwire was traded, but really wasn’t around when McGwire supposedly started taking the drugs. Who is correct?

“Prior to the 1998 season, [Mark] had reached a level where he did not need to get any stronger and he couldn’t afford to add any more weight. So I directed him to androstenedione testosterone booster, which is non-hormonal (which is why it can be sold legally and is not affected by the 2004 Anabolic Steroid Control Act) and works naturally with your body. “Andro” increases strength and aggression while promoting reduction of body fat and a leaner look to the physique….[U]sing andro allowed 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.”

Seems like it makes sense to me, though I don’t know that much about the effect of steroids on the human body, even though I read “Game of Shadows.” So McGwire was at his peak physically when he hit a then-major league record 70 HRs, followed by 66 shots in 1999.

In all, Jay McGwire is a money-grubbing, gold-digging rat close to the same level as Eric Mangini. Though, no one is as bad as Mr. Mangenious.

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