The St. Louis Cardinals coaching staff got a little boost when Tony LaRussa reportedly hired Mark McGwire to serve as the Cards’ hitting coach in 2010. A press conference has been schedule by the Cards for noon today, but did not say why they scheduled it. THEY’RE NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE PAST!
The 65-year-old La Russa has been mulling his future since the NL Central champion Cardinals were swept in the division series by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 10. His two-year, $8.5 million contract expires at the end of the month.
McGwire has largely been out of the public eye since then. He attended Congressional hearings on steroid abuse but said little in testimony, saying “I’m not here to talk about the past,” and has fallen far short in balloting for the Hall of Fame despite hitting 583 home runs. –CBS Sports.
The hitting coach is really just a glorified drinking buddy for the manager. Those guys already know how to hit. I suspect McGwire’s coaching techniques will be more pharmaceutical in nature, anyway. Hey, the doctors are doing it, and you don’t see anyone complaining about doctors these days.