St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire adjusts his cap in the dugout during the start of an interleague basebaseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Thursday, June 30, 2011.
Reports from St. Louis are claiming controversial slugger Mark McGwire is heading back to Southern California to be the Dodgers new hitting coach.
The burly home run basher, who played collegiate ball at USC, spent the last three seasons as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach where the team responded beautifully. Under McGwire's instruction, the Cards have led the NL in batting average (.269) and on-base percentage (.337) and ranked second in runs and fourth in slugging percentage.
Not bad for a guy who many remember as the bloated power hitter who demolished Roger Maris and Babe Ruth's records in 1998, stubbornly refused to answer questions from Congress about his then-alleged steroid use in 2005, admitted in 2010 to juicing up, and who has failed over the last five years to garner support from baseball writers to vote him into baseball's hall of fame.
Meanwhile the Dodgers, who have not been in the World Series since 1988 (when they beat McGwire's Oakland A's), have gone through seven hitting coaches in the last eight seasons.
So the question is, would Big Mac be an effective coach for the likes of Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez? Feel free to partake in our poll and/or comment below.