Just reported last night, Mark McGwire is comeing back to St. Louis as a hitting instructor. This brings an interesting question to the table. Is Mark McGwire still as popular as ever? Would you buy Mark McGwire autographed cards. Has his self imposed leave from baseball been long enough that we the ffans forgive him?
Oddly, and it’s hard to put this into words, I am still a fan of McGwire, while I loathe Barry Bonds. I am not alone in my feelings. Even though I feel both are guilty of using PEDs, I still am enamoured with McGwire. Personally, after he hit his 70 home runs in a season, I considered him my generation’s Babe Ruth. The drug allegations didn’t bother me, they just made me want to defend him more (even though I felt that he was guilty), I just wanted it not to be true.
As far as Barry goes, maybe I just never liked him since he played for ASU. Seriously though, like I said earlier, I can’t put it into words why I never liked him. If I had to guess though it was because I knew he was going to break Mark’s single season record and would go on to have more homers than him as well. Even though they are both guilty in my mind, I will always be a fan of McGwire and always will dislike Bonds.
Back to McGwire though, I think him coming back as a hitting instructor is a good thing. He obviously in his prime, was a tremendous hitter, not only for power but also for average. Can he help tutor the young Cardinals into becoming a better hitting team? I think so, I think the current players would respect him for the numbers he put up and if he could help that already potent outfield, imagine what kind of lineup they could put together.
From a collecting standpoint, the 1985 Topps McGwire rookie was one of my all time favorite cards. If I had a chance to get an autograph or game used card, I would definitely get it. His certified autographs and game used cards are going for big bucks on eBay. Even though the quantities aren’t even that limited. The Barry Bonds autographed cards on the other hand sell for a 10th on average of McGwire’s cards. From that alone I know I’m not alone in my feelings toward McGwire. I hope he get’s back into baseball full time. I for one has missed him.