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Diamondbacks trying to lure former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan out of retirement

Nov 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

After an incredibly successful run as Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan took a leave of absence from the team in 2011 and eventually stepped down in 2012 due to the health of his wife, who passed away from cancer this year.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Diamondbacks have reached out to Duncan about potentially coming out of retirement to take over as their new pitching coach. Goold reports that Duncan is “open to a return to baseball” and “has fielded interest for a variety of roles.”

Duncan was Tony La Russa’s longtime right-hand man in Oakland and St. Louis, putting together a track record that stacks up with just about any pitching coach in baseball history, so he’d be a huge addition to any team.

  1. bfunk1978 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    As a Cards fan, I wish Dunc nothing but the best. If he decides to go to AZ, all the success in the world, man.

    • bfunk1978 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Not that he needs my permission…

  2. jre80 - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Cardinals couldn’t bring him back in some capacity?

    • paperlions - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Probably not. The organizational philosophy about pitching and pitching mechanics has changed over the last few years and he’d likely have a role only as an adviser without anywhere near the autonomy he had in the organization before.

  3. missthemexpos - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    This man needs a challenge, forget Arizona, the Blue Jay pitchers need all the help they can get.

    • blues1988 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      his son Shelley who plays for the rays has a house and a family in az, i’m sure he’d like live close to them, considering he just lost his wife in the past year. sounds like a perfect fit to me.

  4. whitdog23 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    so his son plays baseball from april thru september in tampa. and you think he’ll be close to him by moving to arizona??

  5. hildezero - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    @whitdog23,

    Well, he did say that his son lives in AZ.

  6. sfm073 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Teams should hire him to work with individual pitchers.

  7. missingdiz - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Duncan should be the first pitching coach in the Hall of Fame.

    • kinanik - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Leo Mazzone?

  8. okwhitefalcon - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Speaking on 101 ESPN in StL, Duncan just shot down any rumors of him returning as a traditional pitching coach anywhere, said (paraphrasing) he has ‘no desire to return to the dugout on an everyday basis”.

    He’s definitely interested in a return to baseball but it will have to be in a different role.

  9. docboss - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    HOF for what he has done to revive the careers of pitchers thrown on the scrap heap.

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