Found November 07, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
LOSANGELES The Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday named Mark McGwire as their hitting coach. The announcement was made byGeneral Manager Ned Colletti. Markhas been able to translate his success as a big league hitter into his work ********* coach with the Cardinals, Colletti said. He earned the respect ofboth veterans and young players while in St. Louis and the offensive numbersthe Cardinals produced under his tutelage speak for themselves. Were excitedto have him join our coaching staff and anticipate great things from his workwith our hitters in 2013 and beyond. McGwireserved as the St. Louis hitting coach for the past three seasons from 2010-12,when the Cardinals led the NL in batting average (.269) and on-base percentage(.337), ranked second in runs (2,263), fourth in slugging percentage (.416) andthird in OPS (.753). During his time as hitting coach, the Cardinals batted aNational League-best .274 with runners in scoring position. McGwirestenure in St. Louis was highlighted by the Cardinals 2011 season, when St. Louisled the NL in batting average (.273), on-base percentage (.341), sluggingpercentage (.425, T-1st), OPS (.766) and runs scored (762), whilestriking out a National League-low 978 times en route to a World Series title. Thispast season, the Cardinals, who advanced to the National League ChampionshipSeries, led the league with a .338 on-base percentage and ranked among theSenior Circuit leaders in runs (765, 2nd), hits (1526, T-1st),batting average (.271, 2nd), slugging percentage (.421, 4th)and OPS (.759, 3rd). St. Louis hitters tied for second in the NLwith a .264 batting average with runners in scoring position. In the threeseasons preceding McGwires hiring (2007-09), the Cardinals ranked eighth inthe NL in runs scored. Duringhis time in St. Louis, McGwire worked with perennial All-Star sluggers likeCarlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols, while helpingwith the development of David Freese (2012 All-Star, 2011 NLCS and World SeriesMVP), Allen Craig (ranked sixth in the NL with a .307 average and led the NLwith a .400 batting average with runners in scoring position in 2012) and MattCarpenter (.294 average in 2012). In addition, Yadier Molina, a .269 hitterthrough the first six seasons of his Major League career from 2004-09, batted.295 with 42 home runs and 203 RBI in three years working with McGwire,including setting career-best marks with a .315 batting average, 22 homers, 76RBI, a .373 on-base percentage and a .501 slugging percentage in 2012. Ina 16-year Major League career with the Athletics and Cardinals, McGwire hit 583home runs (363 with Oakland), the 10th-most in baseball history. He set a MajorLeague-record single-season record with 70 home runs in 1998 with St. Louis. In1987, he set a single-season home run record for rookies with 49 with Oaklandand was selected AL Rookie of the Year. He averaged a home run every 10.61 atbats, the best at bats per home run ratio in Major League history. Anative of Pomona, Calif., and All-American at USC, McGwire was a key member ofOaklands 1989 World Championship team. He was a 12-time All-Star and earned aRawlings Gold Glove Award at first base in 1990, the only one not won by Dodgermanager Don Mattingly, from 1985-94. He was named to The Sporting News 100 GreatestBaseball Players list and elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Teamin 1999. McGwireresides in Irvine, Calif., with his wife, Stephanie, and their children,triplet girls Monet, Marlo and Monroe, and brothers Max and Mason. McGwirealso has a 25-year-old son, Matt, from a previous marriage.

McGwire thankful for time with Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - When Mark McGwire returned to the game of baseball in 2010 as the Cardinals hitting coach, he did so with a promise to his wife: After every season, the two would talk and reevaluate whether or not he should continue to coach the following year. The two also had a dream: that he could someday coach for a team closer to their home in Orange County, Ca. He got about as...

McGwire finds happy home with Dodgers

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...

LA Dodgers hire hitting coach Mark McGwire

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...

Dodgers welcome McGwire as hitting coach

The Los Angeles Dodgers officially named Mark McGwire their hitting coach on Wednesday. General manager Ned Colletti announced that McGwire will replace the fired Dave Hansen. McGwire, a 12-time All-Star who set a major-league record for home runs in a season in 1998, served as the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach for the past three seasons but made the move to the Dodgers...

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The face of performance-enhancing drugs now can't understand why an athlete would engage in their use. Mark McGwire was perhaps the first major leaguer to truly bring PED use into focus. To accomplish that, all he had to do was break MLB's all-time single-season home run record while taking PEDs. After a long exile from baseball and the limelight, McGwire spent the past...

Mark McGwire Has ‘No Idea’ Why Modern Players Would Use PEDs

The face of performance-enhancing drugs now can’t understand why an athlete would engage in their use. Mark McGwire, of course, was perhaps the first Major League Baseball player to truly bring PED use into focus. To accomplish that, all he had to do was break MLB’s all-time single-season home run record while on the junk. After a long exile from baseball and the limelight, McGwire...

Dodgers hire former all-star Mark MgGwire as hitting coach

The LA Dodgers have hired their fourth hitting coach since 2008 but this one has ties to the LA area and a Hall of Fame pedigree if you can ignore a past scandal. The Dodgers have announced the hiring of Mark McGwire who served as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach last season. McGwire, a [...]

Cardinals promote Mabry to replace McGwire

The Cardinals have promoted John Mabry to hitting coach as the replacement for Mark McGwire, who told St. Louis he won't return after three seasons and appears headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 42-year-old Mabry, whose 14 major league seasons included three stints with St. Louis, and was assistant hitting coach last season. St. Louis also promoted Blaise Ilsley to bullpen...

Colletti: Trade for starting pitcher unlikely

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St. Louis Cardinals announce coaching staff

John Mabry moves up to replace Mark McGwire as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach for 2013. Blaise Ilsley has been promoted from Memphis to be the new bullpen coach.

Cardinals promote Mabry, add bullpen coach

ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals have tabbed assistant hitting coach John Mabry as the replacement for hitting coach Mark McGwire, who left to take the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club has also promoted Triple-A Memphis pitching coach Blaise Ilsley to the bullpen coach position with the big league team. Ilsley, 48, spent five seasons with Memphis and replaces former...

St. Louis Cardinals coaching changes might be most-notable offseason moves

The St. Louis Cardinals made several changes to their coaching staff this week before free agency gets started. That’s not huge news, but it might be more than the team changes to its player roster during the offseason. Hitting coach Mark McGwire said Friday he will take the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cardinals also announced earlier in the week that bullpen...

Dodgers name Corrales special assistant

LOS ANGELES - Pat Corrales, a former Major League player, manager and bench coach and a veteran of 53 years in baseball, has joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as Special Assistant to the General Manager. The announcement was made Monday by Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti. We are very happy to have Pat join us, Colletti said. His vast experience, especially from his years in Atlanta...

Former Phillies Coach is Suing the Team

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