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News: McGwire Leaving?

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, Cardinals hitting coach and legendary player Mark McGwire is set to leave the Cards to become the new hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers. McGwire had been the hitting coach since 2010, leading a Cardinals offense that for three straight years was one of the best in the National League.

In 2012, McGwire coached a Cardinals offense that was second in the NL in runs scored per game, first in hits, second in batting average, and first in on-base percentage.

In 2011 the Cards won the World Series due in large part to their dominant offense, which was first in the NL in runs scored per game, first in hits, third in doubles, first in batting average, first in on-base percentage, first in slugging percentage, and first in total bases.

In 2010, the Cardinals were third in hits and third in batting average.

Outside of the stats, McGwire also oversaw breakout seasons from David Freese and Allen Craig, while leading older veterans like Lance Berkman and Carlos Beltran to renaissance years.

McGwire lives about 40 miles away from Dodgers Stadium, so this move is likely family-motivated.

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