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If McGwire fails, La Russa ready to take hit

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JUPITER, Fla. (KWWL) - Tony La Russa took a risk hiring Mark McGwire as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach, and not just because of steroids.

The manager expects the questions about performance-enhancing drugs to die down eventually. McGwire's first gig as a coach, though, will be an ongoing concern.

La Russa says the biggest question is whether McGwire is a good enough coach.

If the hits fail to come in bunches for a team that fizzled late last season and then during a first-round playoff sweep by the Dodgers, La Russa is prepared for the fallout.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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