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With the St. Louis Cardinals wandering around the middle of the pack in runs scored, Mark McGwire's first season as hitting coach has been, meh, OK.

Away from the batting cages, McGwire's team is producing — check that, reproducing — way above the league average.

Big Mac and wife Stephanie McGwire hit a triple on Tuesday, giving birth to three girls.

Holy cow, what was in that, Andro? (But seriously, folks.)

McGwire, 46, was on hand for the delivery and is not expected to return to coaching duties before Friday.

During a pregame media session, Cards manager Tony La Russa received a text message from McGwire, who said the babies are "doing awesome" and that "Steph is great."

This is obviously wonderful news for the McGwires, who already have two boys together since being married in 2002. You also might remember Matt McGwire (now of college age), who was a bat boy with the Cards during the home run chase of 1998. (He's from a previous marriage.)

It also must be nice for Big Mac to have a bit of good news in the press. Barely two weeks ago, the Missouri legislature voted to strip McGwire's name from a six-mile stretch of Interstate 70 that runs near Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The bill needs only the signature of Governor Jay Nixon to become law.

A bummer, but hey, McGwire probably will take three new beings named "McGwire" over part of a road.

Also, in case you're wondering who's gonna get with David Freese(notes) while Mac is bonding, Mike Aldrete probably will be the main hitting tutor.

Finally, in case you're wondering about the names of the new McGwire sisters, they have yet to be determined. However, the Stew has paid top dollar for the first paparazzi photo of the McGwire triplets. Wait for it ...

Sharp-lookin' kids! Still, it's too bad they didn't take more after their mother, who's in her early 30s and probably still in great shape.

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