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Duncan, an alltime great, may not return

Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:48 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:36 am
 
No timetable has been set for longtime Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan's return, and the feeling among Cardinals people is that it's possible he might not be back at all.

The Cardinals announced a leave of absence for Duncan, so they are keeping the seat warm. And they have hope to see him back at some point. But Duncan, probably the greatest pitching coach over the past quarter centurey and maybe ever, has understadably left to be with his wife Jeanine, and it is clear what his priority is now. Jeanine had surgery for a brain tumor in August. The team hasn't talk about her prognosis, but they understand Duncan's priority.

Duncan's replacement is Derek Lilliquist. They are calling Lilliquist is the interim replacement, and that is only appropriate. Duncan can come back is he desires. Unfortunately, it won't be soon.

Lilliquist is the right choice. He is known as a great communicator and a great competitor. Besides that, he has been in the organization since 2002 and knows all the pitchers. He was the point man in Jupiter who tended to all their rehabs before he joined the mjaor-league staff last year, in time for the World Championship, and he was the pitching coach for six weeks when Duncan left to be with Jeanine last summer.

Duncan will be missed. The 67-year-old coach was Tony La Russa's righthand man since the beginning, and he always seemed to get the most out of whatever he had. He leaves a void in experience, too. Jose Oquendo is the one very experienced coach left on rookie manager Mike Matheny's staff. Matheny is fortuate he has a very mature team, full of leaders like Chris Carpenter, Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina. But tere's only one Dave Duncan.


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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Duncan, an alltime great, may not return

never seen so many errors in such a short article.
no less than 8 obvious mistakes.
wonder how much CBS is paying this writer for his ineptitude.

he needs get a cellphone with bigger keys,
or take remedial typing lessons.
wouldn't hurt have a 3rd-grader proofread his articles BEFORE submision.
Wink



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:07 am
 

Duncan, an alltime great, may not return

for all we know this guy was typing this article from his cell phone to meet a deadline, so cut some slack. even if it makes my brain throw up to read such "journalism", everyone has to do something to earn a paycheck. 

Most importantly, is the message in the article. Duncan was, as said, possibly the best pitching coach during an era of baseball that will be forever soiled and known as the "steroid era". Pretty damn impressive. Leo Mazzone is the only other name that can be thrown into that conversation and actually have any merit.  but Papa Dunc is better. Unmatchable ability to get the absolute most out of players. Woody Williams is the best example of how TLR/Duncan system works. Veteran, ground-ball pitcher with good defense behind him equals 45-22 in 3plus seasons at 35-38yrs old. Simply amazing.

And yes, I realize TLR didnt invent the strategy, he just made it work like it is supposed to.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Duncan, an alltime great, may not return

Wow, proofreading was taught in the 3rd grade.
past quarter centurey and maybe ever, has understadably
team hasn't talk about her prognosis
joined the mjaor-league
Matheny is fortuate
But tere's only one Dave Duncan.
Really pathetic post. Takes two seconds to re-read it and edit it. Also, you don't start a sentence with the word "And."




Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Duncan, an alltime great, may not return

a new editor indeed



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:14 am
 

Duncan, an alltime great, may not return

I think you need a new editor.


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