Cardinals add McGwire as hitting coach

Updated: October 26, 2009, 5:44 PM ET
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ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa is returning to the St. Louis Cardinals as manager on a one-year contract, but there will be one change to his coaching staff.

Mark McGwire, the former Cardinals slugger, will replace Hal McRae, who was fired as hitting coach, La Russa said Monday.

"I don't know how many years I have left to manage, and I wanted to take this opportunity to invite a guy who I think has a very special talent," La Russa said of McGwire.

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