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Mark McGuire new hitting coach

Posted: 11/02/2012 1:34 PM

Mark McGuire new hitting coach 


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 Calcaterra

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Last edited 11/02/2012 2:56 PM by caressofsteel

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  • Eric42
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Posted: 11/02/2012 8:29 PM

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Might be the best move the Dodger make all off season. I dig.
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Posted: 11/02/2012 9:20 PM

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I agree, it is hard to imagine having a former bench player coaching some the type of elite hitters the Dodgers have on their team. McGwire should command their immediate respect.
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Posted: 11/03/2012 1:14 AM

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I'm in on this one.  We have a roster of high profile players.  A high profile coach who knows what he's doing makes perfect sense.
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Posted: 11/03/2012 10:05 AM

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So long as he keeps his pharmaceuticals at home. And we all know Bonita High > Damien High.

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Posted: 11/04/2012 8:27 AM

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Meh... as others have pointed out, this is more of a PR signing than anything else. The Cards offense has been awesome in recent years... I wonder if McGwire's impact will be more in approach or in adjustment. Hopefully, something works for this squad.
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Posted: 11/04/2012 9:52 AM

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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.
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Posted: 11/04/2012 12:56 PM

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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.
It's not bad PR when you've got a guy with as big a name now associated with the organization. Everybody's got steroids attached to their team, but few people have a huge name like McGwire listed as a bench coach. It's a perfect way to excite the fanbase.

The Dodgers don't have a bunch of young hitters who are coming up, which is what the Cardinals had. They have seasoned veterans who know how to hit the ball and how to adjust. Every individual knows what their strengths and weaknesses are, and they frankly know how to hit the baseball.

Where McGwire can really help is, like you said, is by changing the philosophy of the lineup. At least from my experience following LA for the past decade, LA's been their best when they do the smallball tendencies well (hit-and-run, 1st-to-3rd, sac flies, simple execution, etc... similar to how the Giants won the WS this year). In April and May, the Dodgers were doing the small things very well before regression caught up with them. I hope McGwire preaches patience, because that is always a good thing. I hope LA's offense plays like the Giants did this postseason, except with way, way more power. With how our pitching has performed, 5 runs will pretty much win 90% of our contests. With the lineup we have, 5 runs shouldn't be that hard to achieve.
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Posted: 11/07/2012 10:46 PM

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From the LA Times

"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."


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Gotta love that quote.
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