La Russa: McGwire will work out

Updated: December 8, 2009, 4:12 PM ET
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INDIANAPOLIS -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa is confident that Mark McGwire will work out fine as hitting coach for the Cardinals.

"I know the seriousness of my conversations with Mark, and his seriousness," La Russa said. "I think it's going to work. I think he has demonstrated to some of us he has a lot offer as a hitting coach."

La Russa says McGwire is already talking to St. Louis hitters and watching tape. La Russa also said Tuesday he thought McGwire's introductory news conference might be held in the next couple of weeks.

A day earlier, former Cardinals manager and newly elected Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog said he thought McGwire might change his mind and decide against taking the job. Herzog wondered whether McGwire would want to deal with all the inevitable questions about steroids.

But La Russa says he's been talking to McGwire and gets no indication that Big Mac wants to back out.

"This guy, we'll be lucky to have him," La Russa said.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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