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Duncan to return as Cardinals' pitching coach

Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:45 pm
Dave Duncan

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cardinals will have a new manager in 2012, but not a new pitching coach.

Dave Duncan, who served as Tony La Russa's pitching coach during his entire reign in St. Louis, was under contract for 2012, but wanted new manager Mike Matheny to have the final say on his status for the upcoming season. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Matheny reached out to Duncan on Sunday, telling him the spot was his if he wanted it.

"I wanted him to feel comfortable if he felt like he wanted somebody else, that he could make that decision," Duncan told the Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. "He assured me that he wants me to be a part of what he's going to be doing there.

"My intentions are to come back. I'll be there."

Duncan said his wife, Jeanine, is recovering well from brain surgery and is optimistic he can be ready for spring training.

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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:02 am

Duncan to return as Cardinals' pitching coach

Can you imagine if the Cards didn't bring back Duncan? Better yet can you imagine if Matheny, who has never coached a professional baseball game before, had requested to bring in someone else as his pitching coach? I imagine his willingness (luck) to keep Duncan on the staff was likely part of the reason why he was hired. 

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:45 pm

Duncan to return as Cardinals' pitching coach

great news.
duncan is without question, the best pitching coach ever to grace MLB.
STL hurlers must be thrilled.
makes me feel better about cards chances in 2012.

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:44 pm

Duncan to return as Cardinals' pitching coach

Duncan always has been and always will be a class act. Dunc never wanted Tony's job, and now he wanted Matheny's approval to keep his job for the future. Dunc can stay forever as far as I am concerned...


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