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Padres talking to Mark McGwire about bench coach job

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According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are in discussions with former Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire about their bench coach job.

McGwire has been the hitting coach for Los Angeles for the past three seasons. His contract expired at the end of 2015. He was recently a candidate for the Diamondbacks’ hitting coach job, but ultimately removed his name from consideration.

Working in San Diego is appealing for all sorts of reasons, but the bonus is that it would be close to his home in Irvine, California. If McGwire takes the job, Lin hears from a source that he would assist both new manager Andy Green and hitting Alan Zinter.

Interestingly, McGwire would be replacing Dave Roberts, who is a finalist along with Gabe Kapler for the Dodgers manager job.