Tuesday November 24th, 2015

Current Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach and former MLB star Mark McGwire is expected to be named the new bench coach for the San Diego Padres, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune previously reported that McGwire was in talks with the team about the job.

McGwire served as the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach until 2012. He then accepted an offer for the same position with the Dodgers.

In San Diego, McGwire would replace Dave Roberts, who left the team to become the Dodgers' new manager.

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During his 16-season major league career, McGwire played for both the Oakland Athletics and the Cardinals. The 1987 Rookie of the Year and a 12-time All-Star, McGwire hit 583 home runs over the course of his career and broke Roger Maris's single-season home run record in 1998.

McGwire's accomplishments have been overshadowed by his connection to performance-enhancing drugs. In 2010, McGwire admitted he had used steroids throughout his career after years of denying rampant accusations.  

- Xandria James

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