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Padres hire Mark McGwire as bench coach

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The Dodgers coaching staff transformation continued on Wednesday with the Padres officially hiring Mark McGwire as bench coach, after he spent the last three seasons as hitting coach for the Dodgers.

The talks between McGwire and the Padres have been ongoing for over at least two weeks, with McGwire reportedly preferring to stay relatively close to his Irvine home. He turned down a chance to reunite with former manager Tony LaRussa and be hitting coach in Arizona, a job that went to Dave Magadan.

McGwire was seen at Petco Park on Tuesday night during Padres organizational meetings, though new San Diego manager Andy Green talked around whether McGwire had yet been hired, per the Associated Press:

Green said he has "nailed down" his staff. Asked if that included McGwire, he repeated that the staff was "nailed down."

McGwire has spent the last six seasons as hitting coach, including three years in St. Louis before joining the Dodgers for the 2013 season. He has never held another major league coaching position.

The Dodgers have yet to announce any of the coaching staff to surround first-year manager Dave Roberts, who was introduced at a Dodger Stadium news conference on Tuesday. It is Roberts who McGwire is replacing in San Diego.

The contracts for the entire Dodgers coaching staff expired after the season.

So far, first base coach Davey Lopes has been hired to coach first base in Washington, third base coach Ron Roenicke will coach third in Anaheim. Former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has said he wanted to bring bench coach Tim Wallach to Miami, but nothing has yet been finalized in that regard.

Gabe Kapler will reportedly join Roberts' coaching staff, with Bob Geren reportedly expected to be bench coach, Rick Honeycutt pitching coach, and per Buster Olney on Wednesday, Turner Ward as hitting coach. But again, with the Dodgers' staff, nothing yet has been finalized.