In a move to bolster the Los Angeles Dodgers' underachieving bats, the team today named Mark McGwire as their hitting coach.
“Mark has been able to translate his success as a big league hitter into his work as hitting coach with the Cardinals,” GM Ned Colletti said. “He earned the respect of both veterans and young players while in St. Louis and the offensive numbers the Cardinals produced under his tutelage speak for themselves. We’re excited to have him join our coaching staff and anticipate great things from his work with our hitters in 2013 and beyond.”
Under McGwire's watch the past three years, St. Louis led the NL in batting average (.269) and on-base percentage (.337), ranked second in runs (2,263), fourth in slugging percentage (.416), and third in OPS (.753). The Cardinals also batted a National League-best .274 with runners in scoring position.
McGwire is from the school of thought that prefers to focus less on physical mechanics and swing-tweaking, and ...