McGwire and his second wife, Stephanie, have five children: 14-year-old Max, 13-year-old Mason and 7-year-old triplet daughters, Monet, Marlo and Monroe. But when Tony La Russa called with an invitation to coach St. Louis' hitters in 2009, McGwire couldn't resist the temptation to suit up again. He spent three seasons with the Cardinals before transitioning to the Los Angeles Dodgers and now San Diego, where he's a 75-minute commute from his home. He has taken advantage of the opportunity to hit fungoes and throw batting practice to Max and Mason at both Dodger Stadium and Petco Park before the players arrive.
McGwire was known to be on androstenedione, a then-legal performance-enhancing supplement, in 1998 but denied using any illegal substances. In 2003, the publication of retired baseball star Jose Canseco’s book Juiced , in which he pointed fingers at a number of well-known baseball players and alleged that he and McGwire had used steroids together, resulted in a firestorm of steroid-related controversy. The . Congress responded by holding a hearing on the subject. By then retired, McGwire’s eyes welled with tears as he repeatedly stated to the committee, “I’m not here to talk about the past.” Many disappointed fans saw his refusal to deny outright that he had used performance-enhancing drugs as tantamount to an admission of guilt.