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La Russa confirms Duncan coming back

Tony La Russa said he is excited to be back as manager of the Cardinals during an 11 a.m. press comference.

He also confirmed that Mark McGwire will be the hitting coach and the rest of the staff -- minus Hal McRae -- will be back.

La Russa said McRae, who was widely criticized for not preaching situational hitting and improvement of on base percentage, did nothing wrong. But, he said, it was a goal to get Mc Gwire back in the game before he retires, which won't be in too many more years.

McGwire will be a good hitting coach because he has a strong fundamental knowledge of hitting. He said fans and the media will be surprised by his strong work ethic.

"This is the time for Mark to join our club and I am excited about it," La Russa said.