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Published: Jan 22, 2009
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Book: Jay McGwire Details Brother Mark McGwire's Steroid Use
by Mike Baron


Mark McGwire may still be refusing to talk about his baseball past, but his younger brother Jay McGwire apparently has no problem filling in the gaps.

In fact, Jay McGwire seems more than happy to spill the family secrets about performance-enhancing drugs.

Jay, Big Mac's body-builder bro, claims he introduced the former single-season home run record holder to steroids and that he also used human growth hormone.

Deadspin.com reported Wednesday that he has been shopping a book proposal to major publishing houses. The unofficial title of the book is The McGwire Family Secret.

According to Deadspin, Jay McGwire says he used a $150,000 insurance settlement from a BB gun accident that cost him an eye to purchase steroids. Jay McGwire writes that Mark started juicing after watching his brother build himself into a 6-3, 320-pound professional bodybuilder.

Jay says his older brother used low dosages of drugs so that he wouldn't become too bulky for baseball, according to the New York Daily News. Jay says Mark used Deca-Durabolin to recover from workouts and ease joint pain.

Steroid allegations in a book is nothing new to McGwire, who was the subject in ex-teammate Jose Canseco's 2005 book Juiced. Canseco claims to have personally injected McGwire in the Oakland A's clubhouse when they were teammates in 1998.

"I injected Mark in the bathrooms at the (Oakland) Coliseum more times than I can remember," Canseco said. "Sometimes we did it before batting practice, sometimes after."

McGwire's 583 career home runs once seemed like a lock to the Hall of Fame, but he's received less than 25% of the vote this year, far short of the 75% required, Sportsnet reported.


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