Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire Padres coach May 2017.jpg
McGwire with the San Diego Padres in 2017
First baseman
Born: (1963-10-01) October 1, 1963 (age 58)
Pomona, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 22, 1986, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 2001, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs583
Runs batted in1,414
Teams
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963), nicknamed Big Mac, is an American former professional baseball first baseman. His Major League Baseball (MLB) playing career spanned from 1986 to 2001 while playing for the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals, winning one World Series championship each, with Oakland as a player in 1989 and with St. Louis as a coach in 2011. One of the most prolific home-run hitters in baseball history, McGwire holds the major-league career record for at-bats per home run ratio (10.6), and is the former record holder for both home runs in a single season (70 in 1998) and home runs hit by a rookie (49 in 1987).

McGwire ranks 11th all-time in home runs with 583, led the major leagues in home runs in five different seasons and set the major-league record for home runs hit in a four-season period from 1996 to 1999 with 245. He demonstrated exemplary patience as a batter, producing a career .394 on-base percentage (OBP) and twice leading the major leagues in bases on balls. Injuries cut short even greater potential, as he reached 140 games played in just eight of 16 total seasons. A right-handed batter and thrower, McGwire stood 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighed 245 pounds (111 kg) during his playing career.

With the Cardinals in 1998, McGwire joined Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa in a chase for the single-season home-run record set by Roger Maris in 1961. McGwire surpassed Maris and finished with 70 home runs,[1] a record that Barry Bonds would break three years later with 73.[2] McGwire also led the league in runs batted in, twice in bases on balls and on-base percentage and four times in slugging percentage. Injuries significantly cut into his playing time in 2000 and 2001 and factored into his decision to retire. He finished with 583 home runs, which was fifth all-time when he retired.[3]

McGwire was one of several central figures in baseball's steroids scandal. In 2010, McGwire publicly admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during a large portion of his career.[4]

  1. ^ "Progressive Leaders & Records for Home Runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "Bonds testified that substances didn't work". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 24, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mark McGwire Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Kepner, Tyler (January 11, 2010). "McGwire Admits That He Used Steroids". NYTimes.com. Retrieved July 12, 2021.

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