Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/8/12
LOS ANGELES -- Mark McGwire is back in Southern California, officially announced to the world Wednesday as the Dodgers' new hitting coach. He replaces Dave Hansen, who was removed from the position following the 2012 season, offered a new job with the team, then took the job as Seattle's hitting coach. All of that was pretty much known last week when the McGwire news first broke. What wasn't known is that McGwire was thinking seriously about leaving not only his job as St. Louis Cardinals' batting instructor, but leaving the game altogether. He said on a conference call that he was weighing his love of the sport and his job against the needs of his family. Had the Dodgers not contacted him, the man who helped coach the Cardinals to a World Championship in 2011 and the best team batting average in the National League last season, would be just another retired ballplayer living once again near his home town. "That was something I was going to really, really consider," said McGwire,...
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