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Dodgers name Mark McGwire hitting coach

St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire looks

St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire looks on during batting practice before Game 3 of the National League division baseball series against the Washington Nationals in Washington. (Oct. 10, 2012) (Credit: AP)

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

McGwire, who replaces former hitting coach Dave Hansen, had spent the last three seasons in the same position with the St. Louis Cardinals but told the team that he would not return next season. He had stated that he wanted to spend more time with his family at their home in Irvine, Calif.

The 49-year-old McGwire helped the Cardinals to a .271 batting average in 2012, good for second in baseball. In 2011, they led the league in batting average (.273) and runs scored (762).

McGwire, who was affectionately known as "Big Mac" during his playing career, was the first player to hit more than 70 home runs in a season when he did it with the Cardinals in 1998. However, he ultimately admitted to taking steroids during that campaign.

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