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Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Will he be doing it for long?

Sep 2, 2010, 12:28 PM EST

Derrick Goold interviews Mark McGwire in the Post-Dispatch today. The key points: Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Mark McGwire is on a one year contract that both sides called an “experiment” when the year began. The Cardinals are currently gagging their way the hell out of playoff contention, primarily because they’re not hitting the ball too well.

Wait, I was told there would be no math, but it’s so easy to do here.

Or is it?  Seems to me that the key to all of this is La Russa.  His contract is up too, and if he decides to come back I’m guessing that McGwire would too because he’s Tony’s boy and all of that.  Plus I’d like to think that John Mozeliak is smart enough to realize that hitting coaches really don’t matter a hill of beans in this world and firing one over the offense tanking would be a pretty empty gesture. If the manager likes him and he’s not some problem, there’s no sense in not keeping him around.  If the manager leaves, let the new manager bring in his own guy.

Oh, one extra key fact from the interview: In addition to his older son who followed him around back during the 1998 home run chase, McGwire’s wife had triplets recently and they have two younger sons who just started school. So take that PED haters

  1. John_Michael - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    If the Cardinal ownership doesn’t want La Russa back for whatever reason, they could use this dry spell as an excuse to fire Big Mac in order to anger La Russa into not wanting to come back.

  2. BC - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Jeez, the guy is up in Kurt Warner territory in terms of progeny count.

  3. Kevin S. - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Can’t blame the hitting coach when the manager refuses to play on of his best hitters.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Look at the Phillies this year…they fired MIlt Thompson and have actually averaged slightly less runs since his firing. Amazingly, they are 26-12 since firing him though LOL.

  5. Loren - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Ummm, I’m pretty sure that if McGwire’s wife had triplets it’s because she was doing IVF or some other fertility therapy… because of, you know, fertility problems. Not that it really had anything to do with the main point of the post.

  6. ben s - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Craig, I beg to differ with you on the batting instructor thing. A good batting coach can make a world of difference. It’s their job to identify the flaws in a hitter’s swing and correct them, and if McGwire isn’t doing that than he should be fired.

  7. indy_ralph - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    You mean to tell me I’ve been working at this desk for 10 years, and all I needed was a good hitting coach to work out the kinks in my swing?

  8. El Bravo - Sep 2, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Pujols should double as the batting coach. His swing and stance are prettier and more productive than just about anyone, including McGwire’s from the day-yo.

  9. Old Gator - Sep 2, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Are you kidding? He’s nearly in Steve Garvey territory.

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