Now Commenting On:

McGwire wouldn't vote himself into Hall of Fame

McGwire wouldn't vote himself into Hall of Fame

McGwire wouldn't vote himself into Hall of Fame
New Dodgers hitting coach and former big league slugger Mark McGwire, who ranks 10th all-time with 583 home runs, said on Friday that he wouldn't vote himself into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

"Not by the guidelines now, no," McGwire said on the Dan Patrick Radio Show. "I'll never fight it. I totally respect the Hall of Fame. They have rules and guidelines to go by and I abide by it. You'll never see Mark McGwire fight it."

McGwire appeared at a congressional hearing on steroids in 2005, declining to answer questions under oath during his testimony. In 2010, he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

In his sixth year on the Hall of Fame ballot, McGwire received 19.5 percent of the vote, his lowest percentage since he became eligible in 2007. To be inducted, a candidate needs 75 percent of the votes.

"Everyone makes mistakes and screws up," McGwire said. "The big guys are the ones that can overcome it and become a better person because of it."

McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998, smashing Roger Maris' single-season record of 61. McGwire retired from the game in 2001, the same season Barry Bonds set the current record for homers in a season with 73.

"You do stupid things in life and screw up, not knowing what the ramifications are later in life," McGwire said. "It is something that I live with every day of my life. I am OK with it. I know I've become a better person because of it."

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español