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  • McGwire joins Cardinals as hitting coach

    I don't know about this move...And if they're going to be forgiving of McGwire then they should be just as forgiving to Sosa and the rest of the people stained in the steriod scandal...

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns

    McGwire joins Cardinals as hitting coach

    By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
    33 minutes ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP)—Mark McGwire is back in baseball, reunited with Tony La Russa as the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach.

    La Russa agreed to return for a 15th year as manager Monday with a one-year contract, the first time he hasn’t had a multiyear deal with the team. All of his coaches will return except for Hal McRae, who will be replaced by the former star.

    “Mark is passionate about the game, passionate about the Cardinals,” chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. “Tony thinks he’ll be a great coach, and I think he’s got a lot to offer.”

    McGwire was not at the news conference at Busch Stadium, but La Russa and general manager John Mozeliak said there will be no effort to shield McGwire from questions about steroids. The team anticipated a telephone news conference with McGwire.

    “By no means is he trying to hide, and by no means are we trying to hide him,” Mozeliak said.

    McGwire hit a then-record 70 home runs in 1998 and retired with 583 homers and a .263 career average in 2001. He famously refused to answer questions about steroids use during a March 2005 congressional hearing, saying he wasn’t there to talk about the past.

    He has received just under 25 percent support from voters in his three appearances on the Hall of Fame ballot, well under the 75 percent needed. La Russa hopes the 46-year-old can use this position to repair a tarnished image.

    “I’m a big fan of his,” the manager said. “He’s back in uniform and, hopefully, people will see his greatness. But the No. 1 reason he’s here is to coach our hitters.”

    La Russa said he first contacted McGwire about the coaching job a week earlier, when he was still supposedly mulling his future. He said McGwire showed immediate interest, but the manager said the steroids topic was not broached.

    “It’s up to Mark how he wants to handle it,” La Russa said. “What we want him to do is coach our hitters, and if he does that well, we’re going to be happy.”

    La Russa had been attempting to persuade McGwire to return to the team as a spring training instructor for several seasons. La Russa managed McGwire for all but one of his 16 seasons, both in Oakland and St. Louis.

    McGwire has worked with Cardinals hitters and other major leaguers in recent offseasons at his California home. The group includes Matt Holliday(notes), which could make McGwire an asset in the team’s negotiations with the free agent outfielder.

    Cardinals hitters such as leadoff man Skip Schumaker(notes) have long been complimentary of McGwire’s tutoring, and La Russa said he has witnessed McGwire’s ability to pass on hitting knowledge.

    La Russa said McGwire always refused the Cardinals’ previous offers because his family was younger.

    “I watched some sessions and I said, `Wow, he really has a good approach,”’ La Russa said. “He’s got the whole thing—mechanics, the power of the mind. So I asked him.”

    La Russa, who turned 65 on Oct. 4, had been assessing his interest in returning since the NL Central champion Cardinals were swept in the division series by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 10. His $8.5 million, two-year contract was to expire at the end of the month, and he said he finalized his decision last weekend.

    “I would be here if Mark wasn’t the coach,” La Russa said. “The fact that he’s here adds some more fire to the gut.”

    La Russa has produced eight playoff teams and the Cardinals have drawn 3 million-plus fans at home in 11 of his 14 seasons. He and DeWitt both said the one-year contract is better because La Russa reassesses his interest every year, and not because the manager is looking at 2010 as a farewell.

    “I know there’s an end in sight somewhere,” La Russa said. “This is a great place to be. Past stars show up all the time. You’ve got to be a mummy not to be affected by that.”

    McRae was hitting coach for five seasons, but the team struggled offensively toward the end of the season and in the playoffs. The Cardinals hit .133 (4 for 30) with runners in scoring position in the postseason.

    Pitching coach Dave Duncan also will return. He became upset with the organization, fans and reporters when his son, outfielder Chris Duncan(notes), was traded to Boston in July. The Red Sox released Chris Duncan soon after the trade.

    “Where he coaches, that’s where I want to manage,” La Russa said. “He’s that good.”

    Associated Press writer Jim Salter contributed to this report.
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    Bro in St Louis he is still a God. If that team starts winning and batting average as a whole moves up- They wont even remember it happened.

    Example A-Rod
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    • #3
      True, but I'm saying that if they're going to forget what Mark did then they better have the same short term memory for the other who were caught...

      A-Rod hasn't won anything, yet...
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      • #4
        True, but I'm saying that if they're going to forget what Mark did then they better have the same short term memory for the other who were caught...

        A-Rod hasn't won anything, yet...
        He did already by having the Post Season he did.

        Far as the other statement. Mark never carried himself like Bonds or Clemens. Thats why you may see more forgiveness for him.

        Sosa was invited to MLK Jr celebration, and would not attend unless they sent him a private jet. If he disappeared instead of going to the Oriole's he would have already been forgotten about. He was never an outward guy.

        Giambi can't stand him when he was a Yankee, but he said sorry and we as American's forgave him.

        Make sense?
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        • #5
          So if you just lay low, shut up, and wait for the heat to die down then everything will be good?...

          I always like Barry Bonds, even though he wasn't media freindly, his style of play was cool...

          Andy Pettiet (sp?) was in the same boat and he didn't disappear...


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          • #6
            I always like Barry Bonds, even though he wasn't media freindly, his style of play was cool...

            Andy Pettiet (sp?) was in the same boat and he didn't disappear...
            No- Andy admitted what he did and said he was sorry. He was a guy that carried himself well, and was loved by his teammates, and the media.

            Bonds was despised by his teammates and fans. He talked to the media like shi=. Again if people like you, they will forgive you.

            In America we build hero's up so we can knock them down (Norman Osborn lol)
            True statement though.
            MDRDEP:

            There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
              Bro in St Louis he is still a God. If that team starts winning and batting average as a whole moves up- They wont even remember it happened.

              Example A-Rod
              If the batting average goes up, I will just figure that he is doing a good job of coaching his players on how to use 'roids without getting caught.
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkcX_5hZN6U



              http://www.killology.com/sheep_dog.htm

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              • #8
                If the batting average goes up, I will just figure that he is doing a good job of coaching his players on how to use 'roids without getting caught.
                Just observed you are from Chicago- a little biased there? lol
                MDRDEP:

                There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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