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Tony LaRussa ‘Thinks’ Mark McGwire Will Do Okay As Cardinals Hitting Coach, Maybe


Well outside the realm of ringing endorsements, what Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said regarding his belief on what kind of  job Mark McGwire will do as hitting coach for his ballclub probably didn’t make McGwire feel all warm and fuzzy.

“I think it’s going to work,” La Russa asserted Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings.

He thinks it’s going to work? Boy, LaRussa appeared not willing to stick his neck out too far for his new hire. If LaRussa would have went with something like, “Why wouldn’t it work?” or “I have no doubts that this will work” I might feel a bit differently, but merely thinking something is going to work doesn’t necessarily make me feel that LaRussa is very confident about his choice.

LaRussa’s comments sound exactly like something I would say when I’m way over my head while fixing something at home and my wife walks up to me with a quizzical look on her face and says, “Are you sure you know what you’re doing there?” and I reply, while wrapping another piece of duct tape around a leaky pipe, “I think it’s going to work.” Pretty much exactly like that.

It certainly doesn’t help that McGwire, up to this point, has refused to address the elephant in the room: his controversial testimony to Congress in 2005 regarding alleged steroid use when he refused to answer questions, claiming he wasn’t there to talk about the past. But LaRussa believes that McGwire will at one point address those pesky steroid issues – prior to spring training – and then things will be just fine. Probably. Maybe.

“He’ll say whatever he has to say,” La Russa said. “Once we get to camp, it’ll be about coaching.”

Indeed it will, Tony. Good luck with all that.

La Russa on McGwire: ‘I think it’s going to work’ [Yahoo!/AP]