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Mark McGwire In As Dodgers Hitting Coach

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti announced Wednesday that they have hired Mark McGwire to be their hitting coach.

McGwire had been with the St. Louis Cardinals in the same role the last three seasons.

"Mark has been able to translate his success as a big league hitter into his work as hitting coach with the Cardinals," Colletti said in a release. "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. We're excited to have him join our coaching staff and anticipate great things from his work with our hitters in 2013 and beyond."

The former slugger lives in Southern California. In 1998, he broke baseball's single-season home run record, but later admitted to using steriods.

He took the Cardinals job in 2010, and his teams have had the best batting average in the NL during that timeframe.

McGwire replaces Dave Hansen, whom the Dodgers fired after the season ended.

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