Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire
Birthdate 10/01/1963
Death Date
Debut Year 1986
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Cardinals
Positions Designated Hitter, First Base

Mark McGwire had two separate runs of 6 straight All Star appearances. The 1987 Rookie of the Year won three Silver Sluggers & a Gold Glove.

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Mark McGwire set the MLB record for homers by a rookie

Mark McGwire set the MLB record for homers by a rookie

Mark McGwire’s rookie season of 1987 was one to remember. On his way to the Rookie of the Year Award, McGwire established a new record for homers by a first-year player. His 49 bombs, 118 runs batted in and .289 average produced an All Star selection and a a sixth-place finish in MVP voting. During his career, McGwire led the league
At the height of his career, Mark McGwire captivated the baseball world

At the height of his career, Mark McGwire captivated the baseball world

The youngest starting pitcher in the history of the Los Angeles Dodges, Joe Moeller has a 50-year association with the game. Moeller writes this letter in his capacity of advance scout for the Florida Marlins. Here he reflects on Mark McGwire’s 1998 pursuit of Roger Maris’ home run record an

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

June 18th, 2014 Leave a comment

(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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