Mark McGwire to St. Louis Cardinals is Hypocritical At Best

tre wellsCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2010

23 Sep 1998: (FILE PHOTO)  Mark McGwire #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits the ball during the game against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. According to reports January 11, 2010, McGwire has admitted to steroid use during while playing Major League baseball and when he broke the home run record.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Doesn’t anyone see something wrong with this?

When I first heard that McGwire, one of the most dangerous homerun bats of our lifetime was coming back to the Cardinals in some capacity, I cheered the news.

I am not a McGwire fan, but at last I thought some questions would finally be answered.

He had to talk if he was going to work with the team again, and I don’t think he could limit his answers to “only talking about the future” forever.

But now that he has been cornered into telling the truth of his steroid use after repeatedly lying for years, there is an uneasy reality that sets in to all of this.

Is he really going to be coaching hitters?

Is the same man who took America for a ride in 1998, really going to be allowed to influence young ball players in St. Louis now?

I realize these are extreme cases, but I’m pretty sure a convicted child molester isn’t allowed to teach kindergarten. I doubt very seriously a DUI conviction will sit well when interviewing for a bus driver position, and typically a person caught stealing is not asked to train a new person on the cash register.

It’s not like he was asked to be the third base coach, or even a scout. They want him to tutor hitters.

Tutoring is as much mental as it is physical.

This is a man who chose to take a shortcut in the form of steroids which was and is illegal (for all those willing to argue it wasn’t against MLB rules.)

What is he going to say when one of his pupils tells him that they want to try and “heal faster”?

Does he say to be patient?

McGwire chose drugs over patience.

He isn’t the only one, and he shouldn’t be made to bear the cross for all that used and abused.

But is he the one you want molding the minds of the young batting prospects?

Let me know what you think.