ST. LOUIS - As Mark McGwire phoned his former students this past weekend to inform them he would be accepting an offer to become the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach, their reaction was one of disappointment but also happiness.
Orchestrator of the National Leagues best offense during his three-year run as Cardinals hitting coach from 2010-2012, McGwires successful return to baseball was done at the expense of his wife and five young children. Those days are over.
No longer will the California native and former USC star be forced to spend a good chunk of the season away from his family. Hell now be able to live with them year round in their Orange County home, making his decision to leave St. Louis for the Dodgers a fairly easy one.
He had a great thing going here in St. Louis but the fact of the matter is he has five or six kids in LA and if he gets to go home and see his kids every single day and still do what he loves to do and teach hitting, its a no brainer, said Skip Schum...