Mark McGwire, a Dodger?
A few years ago, that would have been as ridiculous as Don Mattingly in a Dodger uniform. But times have changed. Donnie Baseball is LA’s skipper now, and it looks like McGwire will join his coaching crew for the 2013 campaign.
The Big Mac is known for a lot of things: his 1998 single-season home run race against Sammy Sosa, his testimony during the 2005 Congressional hearing on performance-enhancing drugs, and his 2010 admission to using steroids.
But the USC alumnus has also carved out a nice little niche as hitting coach for St. Louis over the last three years, winning the World Series in 2011. This past season the Cardinals were first in the National League in hits, third in OPS, second in runs scored and fourth in walks, all in the team’s first year without Albert Pujols since 2000. Meanwhile, the Dodgers were ninth in hits, 13th in OPS, 13th in runs scored and eighth in walks.
The proposed addition of McGwire would be part of the Dodgers’ offseason personnel overhaul. The team dismissed previous hitting coach Dave Hansen earlier in October and added Gerry Hunsicker and Bob Engle to the front office. Hunsicker brought relevance to the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays during his time with the two clubs, and Engle helped sign Felix Hernandez to Seattle.