If McGwire fails, La Russa ready to take hit
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.