Monday, October 26, 2009

October 26, 2009

In one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard, today the St. Louis Cardinals introduced Mark McGwire as their new hitting coach.


Mark McGwire? Know cheater. Known juicer. And don't even blah blah blah me on how he was never officially caught...after his testimony in front of Congress, we all know the truth. But independent of the fact that he is a cheater (Free 'roids for everyone in the dressing room!), this is still an absurd choice.

We're talking about a guy who is a career .263 hitter in his Major League career. Let's consider that players like B.J. Surhoff (.281), Terry Puhl (.280), Stan Javier (.269) and spider-loving former Blue Jay Glenallen Hill (.270) all have higher career batting averages, and I don't see anyone knocking on their door to offer them a position as hitting coach on a playoff-caliber team. What qualifies Mark McGwire to be a hitting coach in St. Louis, other than the fact that he broke the home run record (while cheating) while playing there, and gave Cards fans free Big Macs every time he hit a home run into Big MacLand?

On top of that, this is a guy that struck out over 100 times in a season TEN TIMES, including over 150 times twice. THIS is the guy you want working with your hitters? Seriously?

I thought St. Louis had a pretty smart organization, but this makes no sense.

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