McGwire Cops to Steroid Use Slugger admits drugs helped him break home run record By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jan 11, 2010 2:27 PM CST 18 comments Comments This is a Sept. 27, 1998 file photo showing St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire watching his record-setting 70th home run of the season against the Montreal Expos in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File) (Newser) – Mark McGwire has finally come clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998. McGwire says in a statement to the AP that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. He also apologized for his actions. Said the newly appointed St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach: "I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era."