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McGwire ‘torn’ on whether to return to Cardinals

Oct 20, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

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We already know that Tony La Russa will return to managing the St. Louis Cardinals next season. But the future of hitting coach Mark McGwire is far less certain, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

La Russa on Monday referred to McGwire as “really torn” about whether to return for a second season as hitting coach following the birth June 1 of triplet daughters. McGwire, who has been asked back, last month raised the possibility of not returning because of family concerns. Those issues have become more obvious since McGwire rejoined his wife, Stephanie, and their five children in California, according to La Russa.

“He’s having a real tussle trying to figure it out. Coach? Father? We’ll see which way he goes,” La Russa said. “He’ll definitely be offered a chance to come back.”

I’m sure baseball wives get used to their husbands being away a lot of the time, but with four-month old triplet daughters as part of the equation, you can bet McGwire is getting the full-court press to help out on the home front.

So expect McGwire to sit out next season, unless he hires a nanny or three.

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  1. Old Gator - Oct 21, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    I wouldn’t blame him for preferring Tony LaRussa’s company to a houseful of squalling brats. Children are horrible.

    • mcsnide - Oct 21, 2010 at 8:11 AM

      Old drunk guy with a God complex vs. three kids around one. That’s a tough one. Tony probably fills fewer diapers, though, so that may be the way to go.

  2. BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    And here I thought steroids decreased your manhood. Wow, triplets? Good luck with that.
    No thank you on kids. I enjoy them only when I know I can give them back to someone or when someone else is changing the diaper. Gimme a sandbox-trained cat any day.

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