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McGwire hit 70 homers for the Cardinals in 1998, shattering Roger Maris' record of 61 set in 1961.
At Phillies' camp on Thursday, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt commended McGwire for his apology, but he isn't sure if the public fully accepts it.
"He needed to clear the air, sort of pave the way for a smoother year for himself. It's not going to be smooth by any means," said Schmidt, who is serving as a guest instructor with Philadelphia. "He's going to have to talk about it wherever he goes, but I'm happy for him. It was a great start for his new career as hitting coach.
"He stated that his usage of steroids didn't help his power output. He may believe that and it may be true, but I don't think that's what the public wanted to hear. They probably wanted to hear an admission that his numbers were increased and his position in history was probably elevated to some degree by the use of steroids. Again, I think that's what the public wanted to hear."
The brothers haven't spoken since 2002. They fell out after Jay McGwire's stepson, Eric, tickled Mark and caused Mark to spill coffee on himself. Mark then swatted Eric on the backside. Jay's wife, Francine, then refused to attend Mark's wedding.
St. Louis manager Tony La Russa received an advanced scouting report on the book and didn't expect the release to disrupt the Cardinals' camp.
"Somebody I knew read an advanced copy," La Russa said prior to morning workouts. "He said that (Jay) said some stuff -- it wasn't really first-page-to-last-page damning stuff about Mark."
Neither Mark McGwire nor La Russa plan to read the book.
"What's the point?" La Russa said. "It's stuff that's already been gone over a bunch of times. I don't know what it's going to change."
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