ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols supports Mark McGwire, both for acknowledging his use of steroids and in his new role as hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals.
"I told him I'm proud of him for admitting what he used," Pujols said Monday at the team's Winter Warm-Up. "Everybody makes mistakes."
Pujols angrily rejected the notion that McGwire made the admission to revive his chances of getting voted to the Hall of Fame. Despite hitting 583 home runs, tied for eighth of the career list, McGwire has received less than 25 percent support in four appearances on the ballot.
"Go talk to Mark, I think he cleared up everything, he closed the doors," Pujols told reporters. "If you want to reopen those doors I know the right guy. Go talk to Mark about it. ... There's 300,000 people that just died in Haiti and you guys just want to concentrate on Mark McGwire. Come on, give me a break."
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