Even though the '09 World Series has yet to be played...this news today is the first big news of the upcoming off-season. After being re-upped with a one year contract as skipper in St. Louis, Tony LaRussa announces that Mark McGwire will be his hitting coach next season. If not, he won't be able to function too well as a hitting instructor. I know LaRussa is really close with McGwire...but this might come back to haunt him...unless McGwire has decided it's time to clear the air. Who know? Maybe it'll work out to McGwire's advantage. Just the idea of returning to an active role in baseball is a 180-degree turn for the the big man. Maybe we're due for more surprises.