INDIAN WELLS -- Mark McGwire was officially named the Dodgers' hitting coach on Wednesday.
A former single-season home run record holder, the 49-year-old McGwire was the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach the last three seasons. McGwire, whose legacy was tainted by steroid use, will replace Dave Hansen, who was fired last month.
This will be a homecoming for McGwire, who graduated from La Verne Damien High and played at USC. He has an off-season home in Orange County.
In 1998, both McGwire and the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa pursued and broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old single-season home run record of 61. McGwire, then playing for the Cardinals, finished the season with 70 home runs to set a new standard. Sosa belted 66 homers.