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Mark McGwire is a serious candidate to become Padres bench coach

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New Padres manager Andy Green's cabinet is nearly rounded out, save for his right-hand man (or woman, but we all know that unfortunately baseball isn't there yet). One name that never popped up in my mind was that of Mark McGwire, who you may recall from his past six years as a hitting coach for the Cardinals and Dodgers, or, more likely, from his 16 years of swatting dingers in the big leagues. Either way, he's a legitimate candidate to wear navy blue and sunshine yellow in Petco Park's home dugout next year.

The hard-working Scott Miller was the first to drop the news, which predictably set Twitter aflutter. He reported that the the two parties are currently in the "talking stage". The Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin quickly affirmed this, adding that McGwire "might even be likely for the job".

It seems now that Mark McGwire in a Padres uniform would be a very strange sight we'd never get used to, but we said the same thing about Matt Kemp, and now I can't even remember who the guy used to play for.