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November 7, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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April 20, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Mark McGwire was in the twilight of his career in 2001, willing his broken-down body through one final season with the St. Louis Cardinals, when a strapping young buck named Albert Pujols, just two years removed from being the 402nd overall pick in the draft, started tearing it up in spring training. Bobby Bonilla was slated to be the Cardinals' left fielder, but when Bonilla was hurt that spring, McGwire practically commandeered the lineup card from Manager Tony La Russa.
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January 9, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - If Mark McGwire had a Hall of Fame ballot, for whom would he have voted? McGwire wouldn't say. “I don't vote,” McGwire said. Asked if he would have voted for Barry Bonds, McGwire sidestepped the question. “I really don't have opinions on a lot of things,” McGwire said. “Barry Bonds was quite a ballplayer. He was pretty damn awesome. That's all I can say.” McGwire, who was at the Dodgers' winter development camp as the team's new hitting coach, was polite but diplomatic when asked about about the fact that no players were elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
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March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX  - Carl Crawford is sporting a new number this spring, having dumped the No. 25 he wore last year in favor of No. 3. "I didn't like the number," Crawford said. "I wanted to change. It just didn't feel comfortable. " When Crawford arrived in Los Angeles from Boston in 2012, Hanley Ramirez had the No. 13 Crawford wore in 10 of his first 11 big league seasons and Manager Don Mattingly the No. 8 Crawford wore as a rookie. But when No. 3, last worn by Skip Schumaker , became available this off-season, Crawford grabbed it. "I've got three kids now," he said.
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November 2, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Here's one you probably didn't see coming: The Dodgers are close to hiring Mark McGwire as their new hitting coach. McGwire has served as the Cardinals' hitting coach for the last three seasons, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that he has told the club he intends to accept the same position with the Dodgers. The deal with the Dodgers has yet to be finalized, but the Post-Dispatch said he has told the Cardinals he will not accept their offer of a contract extension.
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September 10, 1998
As I watched this giant of a person hit this home run, it occurred to me that Mark McGwire is a hero in every sense of the word. The thing that has most impressed me, even more than the accomplishment, is the style and grace this man has shown. From involving his young son in the chase, to the emotional embrace he gave the Maris family, to the way he and Sammy Sosa show obvious respect and friendship, Tuesday is a day I will never forget. In this age of presidents letting us down and star athletes who seem to care more about the money than the game, I am proud of the great American pastime.
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January 12, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
A suggestion for Major League Baseball: When it is time to replace Bud Selig as commissioner, forget businessmen, lawyers or charismatic leaders. Hire a priest. Monday was Mark McGwire's turn in the confessional. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. A lot of those 583 home runs I hit in the major leagues were juiced, like me. The year I hit 70 and broke the cherished record of Roger Maris, they were all juiced, just like me. I am sorry. I was wrong. Yawn. The usual reaction these days is to give the player credit for fessing up and apologizing.
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May 14, 2013 | T.J. Simers
I had never met Mark McGwire before Tuesday night, but I knew of his reputation and the fact he has struck out so far as the Dodgers' hitting coach. So given the Dodgers' lack of power, I asked, "Is it time to introduce the players to steroids?" McGwire laughed and I wondered why. "You're funny," he said before finally adding, "No. No. " What a bummer, I told him, I thought you might have the magic potion to get the Dodgers going. "The magic potion is in between the ears," he said.
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October 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - Mark McGwire is family here. No one saw that coming, not at the beginning. The St. Louis Cardinals rented him for the pennant stretch in 1997, and surely the California kid would serve out his two months, then go home in free agency. He stayed, for the rest of his career. He electrified the city, home run after home run after record-breaking home run. In 2001, when he could no longer play, he walked away from the Cardinals, and from the $30 million they had guaranteed him. In 2010, when he admitted he had used steroids, St. Louis gave him a big hug and welcomed him back to the Cardinals, this time as the hitting coach.
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March 1, 2010 | By Phil Rogers
It was 2:30 on a weekend afternoon, and Mark McGwire was still in the hitting cage, in uniform, working with St. Louis Cardinals hitters. He had been there since shortly after 7 a.m. after arriving at the Roger Dean Stadium complex an hour earlier, as usual reporting to duty with his extra security detail. As McGwire picked up a bat to make a point to a non-roster hitter, in the Florida Marlins' identical cage at the shared facility, less than 100 yards away, players' children, some barely old enough to walk, ran around and wrestled with each other in the hitting area.
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January 8, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, a pair of 300-game winners renowned for a decade of excellence atop the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation, and Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas were elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America. Maddux got 97.2% of the vote, the eighth-highest total in history. Glavine got 91.9% and Thomas 83.7%. Craig Biggio missed election by two votes, as he was named on 427 of 571 ballots. The 75% threshold for election required 429 votes.
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October 12, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS  - Yasiel Puig had nothing to show for the day. Neither did the Dodgers. That could have changed, for Puig and for the Dodgers, with one swing in the ninth inning. The count was full. Puig did not swing. He moved tentatively toward first base, but the umpire called strike three rather than ball four. Puig looked back at the umpire, shuffled back toward the visiting dugout and took a little swing with his bat, almost as if he were on deck and getting ready to hit. The frustration was there, for all the world to see. Puig could swing at the air, or he could swing at a pitch, and the results were the same.
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October 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - Mark McGwire is family here. No one saw that coming, not at the beginning. The St. Louis Cardinals rented him for the pennant stretch in 1997, and surely the California kid would serve out his two months, then go home in free agency. He stayed, for the rest of his career. He electrified the city, home run after home run after record-breaking home run. In 2001, when he could no longer play, he walked away from the Cardinals, and from the $30 million they had guaranteed him. In 2010, when he admitted he had used steroids, St. Louis gave him a big hug and welcomed him back to the Cardinals, this time as the hitting coach.
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August 21, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
MIAMI - Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire doesn't like to use the word "aggressive" when talking about Yasiel Puig's approach at the plate. "It's called being ready to hit," he said. "When you're ready to hit and it's in your zone, go for it. " Given Puig's natural aggressiveness, er, readiness, it's unlikely he asked McGwire for permission to walk to the plate swinging. But he has certainly been successful doing it. Before Wednesday's game, he led the National League with a .630 average and was first in the majors with a .638 on-base percentage when he puts the first pitch in play.
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August 17, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Mark McGwire grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. For him, the guy was Dave Kingman. "I tried to beg my dad to take us to the games if the Cubs were in town," McGwire said. Mark Trumbo grew up down the street from Angel Stadium. For him, the guy was Troy Glaus. "As a kid coming to the games, you really hoped he might get into one," Trumbo said. That is the most magical of moments in baseball, that one crack of the bat, that instant when Mighty Casey takes a swing and launches the ball on a majestic arc. It is high, it is far, it is gone.
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August 6, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Big Mark McGwire has been strangely invisible to the media at Dodger Stadium this season. He's never in the clubhouse during their time there. The coaches' room has been oddly made off-limits to reporters. So the only time he's seen is when the Dodgers hitting coach darts from the dugout to behind the batting cage every day, all business, all very serious. The only other time the local media really see him is on TV. Interviews have to be requested. On the road, however, he is more accessible.
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June 19, 2009 | Mike Penner
In a telling sign of the times, the reporter who broke the 1998 story about Mark McGwire using androstenedione today stands a better chance of making the Hall of Fame than McGwire and his famous foil from that season, Sammy Sosa. Steve Wilstein, the former Associated Press reporter who spotted a bottle of androstenedione on the shelf of McGwire's locker and got him to admit to using the then-over-the-counter, testosterone-producing supplement, has been nominated for the J. G.
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May 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Long drives home and sleepless nights have become a part of Mark McGwire's life now that the former home run champion is the Dodgers' hitting coach. But McGwire said his job is everything he hoped it would be when he left the St. Louis Cardinals to accept it. His off-season home in Irvine has become his year-round home, which allowed him to catch his two sons' recent Little League game. The Dodgers' training facilities might be the best in baseball. As for the Dodgers' low-scoring offense, McGwire believes it's only a matter of time before it is "devastating.
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July 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Sunday's baseball Hall of Fame induction without any recent players generated a pre-game conversation with Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly about where it goes on from here for players stained by the steroid era. “When you look at it, you want to know what you're voting on -- did he do it on his own ability?” Mattingly said. “It makes it tough. You really don't know. Even today, you watch guys play and one year to the next they're different players, so you say, 'What's going on?
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July 15, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Your browser does not support iframes. NEW YORK -- Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles leads the major leagues with 37 home runs. He is on pace to hit 62, which would set a new single-season record. According to him, anyway. "In my opinion, 61 is the record," Davis said Monday, "and I think most fans agree with me on that. " Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961. The Maris record since has been eclipsed six times -- by Barry Bonds once, Mark McGwire twice and Sammy Sosa three times.
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