The 49-year-old hitting coach joined the Dodgers last week after three years in the same role with the Cardinals. McGwire grew up in Southern California and played at USC.
How important was it for you to get back home to Southern California?
MARK MCGWIRE: Family is everything to me. That's one of the reasons I retired [as a player]. I got a call from [St. Louis G.M.] John Mozeliak, and we talked about my coming back to the Cardinals. He revealed that the Dodgers wanted to talk to me about the hitting coach job. I was taken aback, sort of holding in the emotions a little bit.
You didn't pursue the Dodgers job?
MM: No, [Dodgers G.M.] Ned Colletti called Mozeliak and asked permission to talk to me. My wife and I had been talking about what we were going to do next season, because this last year was very hard on the family. We thought about it and told Mozeliak we'd like to interview [with L.A.]. It turned out it was a perfect fit. I get to work at home. I've never had that opportunity in my career.
You were a home run hitter, not a pure hitter. Doesn't that make it difficult for you to coach hitters?
MM: Home run hitters are born, but hitting is hitting. Hitting is all about hitting strikes, knowing your strike zone, knowing what that pitcher is all about. That's stuff that I learned throughout my career. I got really good at mechanics.
This summer you sat down with your two younger boys to talk about your career. What did you say?