Ken Rosenthal has a new piece on how Mark McGwire “needs a do-over.”

His apology was not enough. His tearful interview with Bob Costas on MLB Network was not enough.

We couldn’t agree more. In fact, if McGwire really wants people to believe that steroids did not help him hit home runs, he need only look at the roster of the Tampa Bay Rays and one muscular member of The Tribe.


18 and 80. Those are Gabe Kapler’s career-high in home runs (1999) and the number of home runs he has hit in his 11-year career. And those are the only numbers McGwire needs to know if he wants to convince people that he would have been just as good without steroids.

Now, we aren’t saying Kapler used ‘roids (we’ll let you look at the picture and draw your own conclusion). But if we were Mark McGwire, we would just carry this picture of Kapler with us everywhere we go. And next time somebody asks if he really believes steroids don’t help somebody hit home runs, he should pull out this picture and just say: “18 and 80, bitches!”



  1. Dustin says:

    The point being, I presume, that big muscles doesn't necessarily mean homeruns. Of course, we might still expect that big muscles PLUS good hitting would improve one's power numbers, right?

    Also, Joshua Fisher over at Hardball Times suggests Evan Longoria and Andrew Friedman as possible contenders for the title "Most Valuable Human Asset in Baseball."

  2. Gus says:

    Kapler's veins in his arms are unwatchable. He should never been on the roster -- on pure baseball terms he is a bad baseball bet becuase of his dubious stats. His mysterious "year off" also makes you think of someone not wanting to get caught by the MLB testing policy.

    Betting on a past steroid user is always bad business. They get the money and go off the juice, break down and are total head cases. Castillia. Canseco. Vaughn. Kapler. Burrell (who has a similar muscle bound picture floating around the internet).

  3. Beth says:

    When the Mitchell report was released, the press (and most of us fans) focused on the big names that were "outed." But what I found striking were how many guys were named who hardly anyone had heard of. Most steroid users, like most baseball prospects, never make it as major leaguers no matter what sorts of drugs they take. So, indeed, using steroids doesn't make you a good player. BUT the steroids can surely give a skilled player some additional advantages, and that's why McGwire's claims are so disingenuous. It's also why it's such a shame that so many real major league talents did use PEDs -- maybe they didn't "need" them, but then we'll never know, right?

    • MJ says:

      If nobody took PEDs, then they wouldn't need them. Once the first few start, the rest prob feel they need to in order to keep up.

      • Dustin says:

        for the record, what i said about steroids awhile back, when manny got busted, i continue to believe. if anyone's interested, the post's still up:

  4. Don says:

    ANYTHING.... Kaplar can take to help him hit a baseball....I'm
    all for....since he's already signed....and I have to watch his ugly ass all year...I think Maddon likes looking at THAT......


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