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Dodgers expected to hire Mark McGwire as hitting coach

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09:59 AM ET 11.03 | Mark McGwire is expected to become the Dodgers' next hitting coach, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because his hiring hasn't been finalized. An iconic home run champion whose legacy was tainted by steroid use, McGwire was the hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals the last three seasons. The Dodgers' previous hitting coach, Dave Hansen, was fired last month. A move to the Dodgers would mark a homecoming for the 49-year-old McGwire, who graduated from La Verne Damien High and played at USC. He has an off-season home in Orange County.

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Mark McGwire, Bob Levey/Getty Images Mark McGwire, Bob Levey/Getty Images
November 3, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Will You 'Stimulate' The Team, Bro?

November 3, 2012  10:28 AM ET

Hitting coach? as in " Here kid, take a hit of this and you will do great?"

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November 3, 2012  12:40 PM ET

As to the steroid comments, I too rolled my eyes when McGwire was hired as by LaRussa, but sure looks like he's a good coach. Steroids won't turn you or me into a MLB player, it makes a ball player with the talent, like McGwire to hit 73 homeruns instead of 40-some. Plus he can speak from experience of the dangers and negative impact steroids can have on a player's health and career. And MLB didn't even have a steroid policy by in the day. So he cheated, yes. But he didn't break any MLB rules at the time.

November 3, 2012  01:53 PM ET

well, now the dodgers organizations are taking a very serious approacg, i mean bring in a hitting coach to improve their hitting its a awesome goal, and not just any hitting coach, MARK McGwire, its the best coach the blues could think of it!!!

November 3, 2012  01:54 PM ET

plus McGwire did make it through the cards as their hitting coach and was part of the championship in 2011 season!!!

November 3, 2012  01:55 PM ET
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plus McGwire did make it through the cards as their hitting coach and was part of the championship in 2011 season!!!

better references? doubtfull!!!

November 3, 2012  02:13 PM ET

by far best move in the dodgers organization,,,,, i know dodgers could have a very good offense next year IF they are able to land this hitting coach,,

November 3, 2012  02:39 PM ET

dodgers expeted to take over in their division,,,, should they get their new hitting coach?? things would look very positive no kidding,,,

November 3, 2012  02:50 PM ET
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dodgers expeted to take over in their division,,,, should they get their new hitting coach?? things would look very positive no kidding,,,

Doubful.....do not forget the team up north.....the CURRENT world champions????

November 3, 2012  03:02 PM ET

he'll never live it down ...

November 3, 2012  03:17 PM ET

Keep that juiced up chump out of our dugout.

November 3, 2012  03:23 PM ET

I didn't like it when LaRussa hired him. He didn't have to pay his dues as a minor league coach. he had zero coaching experience. One more time LaRussa showed why he is a baseball Hall of Fame manager and I'm a baseball commenter on the internet.

I'm sorry to see him go, but I understand wanting to be close to home. Good luck to him.

November 3, 2012  03:44 PM ET

MLB should make Mac pee in a cup. He is probably still on the 'roids, which could explain why his performance as a coach has exceeded expectations.

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November 3, 2012  04:24 PM ET
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MLB should make Mac pee in a cup. He is probably still on the 'roids, which could explain why his performance as a coach has exceeded expectations.

put the crack pipe down,, he is a hitting coach not a player,,,

November 3, 2012  04:25 PM ET
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Good to see he survived the crippling steriod fallout.

it proved us wrong, he shows that he has enough knowledge as a hitting coach,,,

November 3, 2012  05:10 PM ET
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As to the steroid comments, I too rolled my eyes when McGwire was hired as by LaRussa, but sure looks like he's a good coach. Steroids won't turn you or me into a MLB player, it makes a ball player with the talent, like McGwire to hit 73 homeruns instead of 40-some. Plus he can speak from experience of the dangers and negative impact steroids can have on a player's health and career. And MLB didn't even have a steroid policy by in the day. So he cheated, yes. But he didn't break any MLB rules at the time.

Agree with you comment 100%. Except, McGuire hit 70 HR in a season. Fan favorite Barry Bonds hit 73 in a season once.

November 3, 2012  06:13 PM ET

Hitting coaches don't win pennants. Hitters and pitchers do. And the Dodgers have about 390 miles to go if they're to catch the Giants. All this drooling by Dodger fans about their team's "big trades" last summer (result: Giants gained a total of 10 games on the Dodgers after the trades) and now this. No heart, no plan, a decimated farm system, and a bunch of soulless jocks. That's the "Dodger Way."

 
November 3, 2012  07:27 PM ET
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put the crack pipe down,, he is a hitting coach not a player,,,

Humor, alacran. You should be the last one to talk about crack pipes. You can't write a single grammatically correct sentence.

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