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Dodgers to preach plate patience

Don Mattingly and Mark McGwire aim to instill team-centric hitting approach

Updated: January 29, 2013, 5:18 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- When the Los Angeles Dodgers were interviewing candidates to be their hitting coach in November, general manager Ned Colletti set up a phone conversation between manager Don Mattingly and Mark McGwire.

A few minutes later, Mattingly called Colletti back.

"I said, 'You don't need to talk to anybody else,'" Mattingly recalled.

The two former All-Star first basemen knew each other casually from a decade of competing against each other in the American League. ...

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