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Dodgers welcome McGwire as hitting coach

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The Los Angeles Dodgers officially named Mark McGwire their hitting coach on Wednesday.

General manager Ned Colletti announced that McGwire will replace the fired Dave Hansen.

McGwire, a 12-time All-Star who set a major-league record for home runs in a season in 1998, served as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach for the past three seasons but made the move to the Dodgers to be closer to his southern California home.

"Mark has been able to translate his success as a big-league hitter into his work as hitting coach with the Cardinals," Colletti said. "He earned the respect of both veterans and young players while in St. Louis and the offensive numbers the Cardinals produced under his tutelage speak for themselves."

St. Louis already elevated John Mabry from assistant hitting coach to hitting coach to replace McGwire.

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