So the hiring of Mike Gallego makes two former A’s players now on the coaching staff (pitching coach Curt Young being the other). Gallego mentioned to me today that Billy Beane said he liked the idea of adding another ex-Athletic to the fold.
It gets me to thinking: Gallego and Mark McGwire happen to be tight. And it’s known that McGwire has enjoyed tutoring big league hitters recently in a behind-the-scenes kind of way (he’s kept a very low profile in the game since his name was linked to the steroid scandal). One of the teams McGwire worked with was the Colorado Rockies, while Gallego was a coach there.
Might Big Mac someday drop by the Coliseum, or maybe show up at spring training, to offer some tips to A’s hitters? I asked Gallego if he would ever try to coordinate such an effort, and he said he and McGwire hadn’t chatted in a few months. He said McGwire is very committed to his family time right now, and family time would take a hit if McGwire ever wanted to get into coaching full time.
But Gallego also added: “I do know this, the times he did come out and work with some of the young hitters, even big hitters, they really, really enjoyed listening to Mark. The neat thing was watching McGwire’s face light up. He seemed to enjoy himself. … I’m sure if he let word out (he wanted to coach) he’d have a few callers. I can’t help but think Oakland would be one of them.”
Again, just my own speculation. And showing up would cause a media stir McGwire might want to avoid. But it’s something to keep in mind …