Posted: 11/02/2012 1:34 PM
Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reportsthat Mark McGwire has told the Cardinals that he intends to accept an offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers to become their hitting coach. Strauss says the deal is not final, but that it appears to be close to it.
McGwire has been the Cardinals’ hitting coach for three years, and they offered him a contract extension to return, but apparently Los Angeles is where he wants to be. As Strauss notes, McGwire is from southern California and his offseason home is in Orange County with his wife and son.
It’s hard to say the specific impact a hitting coach has on a team, and I suspect that there is a much stronger correlation between latent talent and offense than there is between a hitting coach’s instruction and offense. But it is worth noting that the Cardinals have hit the daylights out of the ball while McGwire has been in the fold, so one can presume that he has at least done no harm.As reported by hardballtalk.com by Craig CalcaterraWOW
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PWReese wrote: I don't think this is a "PR" signing at all. Frankly, it is bad PR. It was bad PR for the Cardinals when they hired the guy a couple of years ago. This stigma of heavy steriod use thoughout his career is hard to overcome. That said, he has demonstrated a strong desire and ability to help young hitters succeed. Of course the Dodgers don't really have many hitters in their lineup who aren't already pretty much set in their ways. McGwire is a career .262 hitter. Massive power, tons of walks and tons of strike outs. From what I have seen from the St. Louis hitters (a strong pitchers park in St. Louis) is strong ability to go the other way. They have been among the team leaders in OBP which means he teaches patience.
Posted: 11/07/2012 10:46 PM
"Hitting is patience, patience, patience," McGwire said. "Get the starter to 80 pitches in five innings, work the count, that's what the game is all about."