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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Robothal: Cards’ Duncan taking leave from team

Dave Duncan, one of the game’s most respected pitching coaches, is taking a leave of absence from the St. Louis Cardinals, general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday night.

Duncan, 66, is leaving the team so he can be with his wife, Jeanine, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor on Aug. 21, the team announced in a news release…

The team said that Mozeliak will meet with new manager Mike Matheny in the near future “to determine the team’s course of action to fill Duncan’s position during his absence.”

Duncan missed more than a month after his wife’s surgery last season, but rejoined the team for the final day of the regular season and remained with the club through the Cardinals’ march to the World Series title.

Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist served as pitching coach while Duncan was away from the club…

Duncan is under contract to the Cardinals through 2012 with a club option for the 2013 season.

The District Attorney Posted: January 05, 2012 at 10:40 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bjhanke Posted: January 06, 2012 at 05:15 AM (#4030160)
Late note from the Wednesday STL paper. Duncan's stated position now is that he is retiring due to his wife's health, not just taking a leave of absence. Whether that would change if she suddenly recovered is open to question. But right now, Dave Duncan is out of baseball if the local paper is right. - Brock Hanke
   2. Leroy Kincaid Posted: January 06, 2012 at 07:18 AM (#4030171)
Huh. I just assumed he left with LaRussa.
   3. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 06, 2012 at 08:41 AM (#4030192)
Huh. I just assumed he left with LaRussa.

As did I. Would Pinky still try to take over the world without The Brain? Would Costello take on The Mummy without Abbott? Would Derek Jeter ever leave the house without Tim McCarver on his jock? These are rhetorical questions, my friend. They are all, of course, impossible.
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: January 06, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4030233)
Very sad to hear. When I was a wee lad A's fan, my dad found my some 60's 70's cards of Larussa and Duncan as players, and I was very proud of them. Sad to see them both gone.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4030241)
Really too bad. Wouldn't be surprised to see him come back in a year or two.

Is the rest of TLR's staff staying? Oquendo? McKay?
   6. Perry Posted: January 06, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4030312)
Is the rest of TLR's staff staying? Oquendo? McKay?


Oquendo stayed, McKay went to the Cubs.
   7. Anonymous Observer Posted: January 06, 2012 at 12:02 PM (#4030416)
McKay went to the Cubs.


I was unaware of this. To me, it's going to be just as odd not seeing McKay at first base as it is not seeing TLR and Duncan in the dugout.

Heh. Any plans to change the logos while we're at it? The only time I can remember since I've been a fan that there's been such a long time institutional change is when King George gave up control of the Yankees.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 06, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4030463)
Whether that would change if she suddenly recovered is open to question.


Or suddenly died (God forbid). Sometimes these things go much more quickly than you'd expect.
   9. Balkroth Posted: January 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4030698)
Looks like Derek Lilliquist as pitching coach, Dyer Miller as bullpen coach. Also from a chris duncan tweet "Mama dunc is doing excellent. Great opportunity for papa dunc to speed some time with mom after years of her making sacrifices for family" so it does sound like his wife is doing fineso it may have just been about that time for Dunc.
   10. asdf1234 Posted: January 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM (#4030846)
Really too bad. Wouldn't be surprised to see him come back in a year or two.


When I was about five years old, I went with my parents to see the King Tut exhibit in Memphis. Duncan looks exactly like King Tut. I don't think he'll be returning to baseball if he's out this year.

McKay went to the Cubs.


In its own way, this makes me as sad as seeing Pujols leave. McKay was the most inoffensive, utterly anonymous, and apparently relentlessly optimistic member of the Cardinals in many years.

And Chris Duncan really needs to change his Twitter photo to that famous shot of him humping the 2006 trophy.

Edit: please do not Google "chris duncan humping"
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: January 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM (#4030850)
Edit: please do not Google "chris duncan humping"


why not it's funny, pic of him dry humping Shrek?

Chris Duncan has really come into his own as a radio guy. I don't know if it would translate into a broadcast, but he has been pretty good on his show.
   12. Balkroth Posted: January 07, 2012 at 02:16 AM (#4031034)
He's been pretty good the few times i've seen him in the fox booth for pre/post game stuff.
   13. asdf1234 Posted: January 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4031251)
Chris Duncan has really come into his own as a radio guy. I don't know if it would translate into a broadcast, but he has been pretty good on his show.


Never knew he had become a radio personality, but his twitter has the occasional bit of useful info. You miss out on a lot when you don't listen to KMOX.
   14. puck Posted: January 07, 2012 at 02:37 PM (#4031260)
Edit: please do not Google "chris duncan humping"


Somehow I get a picture of a high school girl's yearbook pic on the 3rd row of results. It's right next to a pic of Kermit the Frog in a goatse pose. Ah, the internet.

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