As if Mark McGwire's year weren't looking bad enough—several sportswriters are predicting he will fall short of the 75 percent of votes needed to enter the Hall of Fame—the integrity of the ball he hit for his 70th home run in 1998 is being questioned:
A company that uses computer imaging claims baseballs had a larger rubberized core and a synthetic rubber ring in 1998, including the ball Mark McGwire hit for his 70th homer....
"Examining the CT images of Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball one can clearly see the synthetic ring around the core -- or 'pill' -- of the baseball," [Universal Medical Systems] president David Zavagno said. "While Mark McGwire may or may not have used illegal steroids, the evidence shows his ball -- under the governing body of the league -- was juiced."
Somewhere, Barry Bonds is smiling.