Piniella believes McGwire will be in Hall

Updated: January 13, 2010, 7:19 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Lou Piniella doesn't have a vote for the Hall of Fame, but the Chicago Cubs manager does have an opinion, and Piniella believes Mark McGwire will end up in Cooperstown.

McGwire's enshrinement become a hot topic after he admitted Monday to using steroids.

"Put it this way, if the steroids were not an issue, he would definitely be a first-[ballot] selection in the Hall of Fame," Piniella said Wednesday. "Is he a Hall of Famer? I would probably think that down the road he will be a Hall of Famer, maybe not in the first few ballots.

"People tend to forget [incidents like the steroids admission], and rightfully so."