Mark McGwire, adamant in spring training that he would keep taking Androstenedione, disclosed Wednesday he has not used the supplement for four months.
"I thought long and hard about it and I don't like the way it was portrayed like I was the endorser of the product, which I wasn't," McGwire said. "I don't like how it's portrayed, but young kids take it because of me. I don't like that."
McGwire said the fact his 70-homer season was linked to Andro, a testosterone booster, likely encouraged youngsters to try it. That was perhaps the biggest reason for his decision.
"I discourage young people from taking it," he said. "If you're old enough and you have your own mind, you can do whatever you want."