Jul. 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire in the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mark McGwire: 'Hopefully this will be the end of' MLB's steroids era

Mark McGwire was one of the prominent figures that kicked off MLB’s “steroid era.” Looking back, things may have been different if Major League Baseball had a policy in place before, but he’s glad the league has one now.

Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles caught up to McGwire, who is remorseful for his actions after taking PEDs himself and wishes he “was never a part of it” and that “things [were] in place earlier.”

Now that he’s been a hitting coach for two different teams (the St. Louis Cardinals previously), he has a different focus on PEDs and how much of a negative effect they have. He’s glad MLB sees things his way.

McGwire said he wasn’t sure if the suspensions were too harsh or not harsh enough but was happy to see MLB finally cracking down on performance-enhancing drugs.

“It doesn’t matter what I think, I think it matters what the players think and from what I hear every day in the clubhouse they’re just happy it’s coming to an end,” McGwire said. “They’re happy that Major League Baseball is taking care of it and we can move forward. Hopefully this will be the end of it.”

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