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 close as he could get Wednesday, when he was officially introduced as the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach.
McGwire served three years as the Cardinals hitting coach and leaves with nothing bad to say about the organization. He loved every second of it and knows he will always owe them a large amount of gratitude for allowing him to return to the game he loves. And to do what he loves to do, teach hitting.
But being away from his wife and five kids two boys and three young triplet girls became tougher this past season. He admits he probably would have ultimately returned to the Cardinals next year had...