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Report: Diamondbacks trying to lure Dave Duncan out of retirement

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Is the time right for Dave Duncan's return to the game? (USATSI)
Is the time right for Dave Duncan's return to the game? (USATSI)

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The Diamondbacks may be positioning themselves for one of the boldest moves of the offseason, as a source confirms to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Arizona has contacted the legendary Dave Duncan about becoming their next pitching coach.

Duncan, of course, was Tony La Russa's pitching guru for the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals, and prior to that he was pitching coach for the Mariners in 1982. Along the way, Duncan oversaw four Cy Young winners and established a reputation as perhaps the greatest pitching coach in MLB history.

Duncan stepped away from the game following the 2011 season in order to tend to his ailing wife. Jeanine Duncan passed away after a long struggle with brain cancer in June of this year.

As Goold notes, Duncan has ties to the Phoenix area in that son Shelley and his family reside there.

The Diamondbacks fired previous pitching coach Charles Nagy just after the conclusion of the 2013 regular season.

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