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During the 1998 baseball season Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa have excited fans with the greatest home run race in the history of the game By mid-September both players surpassed Roger Mariss single season record of sixty-one homers set back in 1961 Sosa and McGwire are both great players However McGwire has been getting much more media attention partly because has led the race most of the season but mainly because he has admitted to using a controversial drug called Androstenedione Although reactions have varied from casual acceptance to utter disgust many people have proposed that the record books contain an asterisk cautioning that McGwires record was the result of Androstenedione use To verify the need for this asterisk one must examine the significance of this drug and compare McGwire with the other home run kings In any issue involving sport and drugs the primary concern is whether or not use of such a drug is legal according to the governing body of that sport Fortunately for Mark McGwire use of Androstenedione does not violate any rules of Major League Baseball While critics such as Richard Griffin Toronto Star Baseball Columnist argue that Andro is a testosterone-producing product that is banned in the NFL Olympics and NCAA they fail to mention that neither the NHL nor the NBA has banned this over-the-counter product More relevant than the drugs legality is its effect on McGwires ability to hit home runs In 1987 his rookie year McGwirehit 49 home runs Dimanno In fact if McGwire had not been injured so often throughout his career Mariss record would have been surpassed several times already After eleven years of learning how different opponents pitch developing an effective swing and working out in the gym is it any wonder that McGwire has finally put together a strong consistent season and will end up with close to seventy home runs All the Androstenedione did was help McGwires body recover
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