As everyone knows, the departure of Ty Van Burkleo to the Seattle Mariners opens a vacancy in our coaching staff. That position, the one of hitting coach, probably would have been a need had he decided to stay regardless. The A's awful hitting performance last year probably would have precipitated such a move. So they Athletics will be interviewing, needless to say. I propose they start with one man: Mark Mcgwire.
In an article from John Shea in the SF Chcronicle from 2007:
According to Gallego, the Rockies wooed McGwire to be hitting coach before the 2006 season. Gallego said McGwire was interested but decided against it because he wanted to be with his family and didn't want to divert attention from the team, considering the accusations of steroid use that have hurt his legacy and Hall of Fame chances.
"They were seriously interested in hiring Mark," Gallego said. "He seemed ready but said, 'No, not right now.' He was really concerned about all that stuff going on taking away from the team. But he loves to teach hitting. When we played in Anaheim, he was with us a couple of days and spent time with a lot of guys."
One was Matt Holliday, who was encouraged by McGwire to put more weight on his back leg and lift his front leg before swinging, just as McGwire once did.
Holliday, now an MVP candidate, has four hits, all coming Thursday, but the rest of the lineup has seven. It's not an appropriate showing for a team that was second in the NL in runs scored to lose 13-1 and 2-1 in a hitters' park like Fenway.
Maybe someone should call Big Mac.
How perfect could this reunion be if he is interested?
1. He would be welcomed back with open arms
2. He could be closer to his family in Southern California.
3. Yet another drawing card.
4. Get himself back in the game to help build goodwill toward his Hall of Fame induction.
5. Has a close friendship with our new superstar Matt Holliday
5. The man has the skills
Make the call Billy!