ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols is in Mark McGwire's corner.
The NL MVP offered his support to the St. Louis Cardinals' new hitting coach, who admitted a week ago that he used steroids while breaking the single-season home run record.
Pujols said Monday that he told McGwire he was proud of him for making the disclosure. He said he's also looking forward to working with Big Mac in spring training.
Pujols said he didn't think McGwire admitted to steroids use to prop up his flagging chances for the Hall of Fame.
Pujols reiterated that there was no hurry to get talks started on a contract extension and hoped to be a Cardinal for the rest of his career. He has one year remaining on a 7-year contract plus the Cardinals have an option for 2011.