By Joe Christensen
Received an e-mail today with a transcript of Dale Murphy’s interview with XM Radio’s Holden Kushner on Saturday. Some pretty explosive stuff:
Holden Kushner: One guy that’s trying to make a comeback right now, Sammy Sosa; do you think Sammy Sosa used performance enhancing drugs?
Dale Murphy: Yeah I think so.
HK: Barry Bonds?
DM: Yeah, I think so.
HK: What do you think your reaction will be if and when Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s all-time Home Run Record?
DM: Well, I’m not that excited about it. Let me put it this way: When Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record, I pulled my kids into the living room, and said, “You gotta see this.” This is not going to happen with Barry. It doesn’t mean anything to me, ya know. Barry is a great talent, and would have been a great talent without getting involved in this kind of stuff, in steroids, and all the stuff like that. People have said, “Dale, he hasn’t failed a drug test.” That doesn’t matter to me anymore. It’s what I see, what I’ve read, what I’ve heard, and what I can see with my eyes.
That’s my opinion, and a lot other people have that opinion as well. You get back to the record; he’s a Hall of Fame player and would have hit a lot of home runs without it. And now that he’s breaking the record, I don’t think he went about it the right way.
HK: A final name then, Mark McGwire, and if you think he used performance enhancing drugs, do you think he belongs in the Hall of Fame?
DM: I think he did. Anybody who watched the testimony, it’s just not a great leap to say it’s kind of obvious. Bottom line is, yeah, I think he did [use performance enhancing drugs]. I think he got some bad advice because now we’re just kind of looking at him and saying, “We obviously know you won’t address it.” I think there’s ways for Mark McGwire to address this issue and to help baseball, and to reach out to kids. … Hall of Fame, I don’t think so. I wouldn’t vote for someone who I felt was involved with that.