Found January 06, 2012 on Big League Stew:
When Tony La Russa retired from managing the St. Louis Cardinals, the presumption was that pitching coach Dave Duncan would immediately follow him off the stage. The signs, after all, were there. Not only was the famous La Russa-Duncan coaching team breaking up, but Duncan's wife was also sick and needed care. "Personal reasons" could have been cited and no one would have doubted Duncan's true intention. And though the 66-year-old first said he'd like to stick around for the final year of his contract, it turns out that Duncan will join La Russa and Albert Pujols as ex-Cardinals, announcing on Thursday that he's resigning as the team's long-time pitching coach. The idea of leaving home during spring training and going through the grind of another baseball season while his wife needs care was apparently something Duncan didn't want to deal with. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday night that Duncan w...

Players react to Duncan's departure

If Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has coached his final game, his players will have the satisfaction of knowing he went out on top. The club announced Thursday evening that the longtime pitching coach was taking a leave of absence to be with wife Jeanine as she continues to recover from surgery to remove a brain tumor. Duncan missed more than a month down the stretch to be...

Cardinals announce coaching staff changes

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Following yesterdays announcement that Pitching Coach Dave Duncan is taking a leave of absence, the St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Derek Lilliquist will serve as Pitching Coach and Dyer Miller has been named Bullpen Coach. Lilliquist, 45, was the Cardinals Bullpen Coach last season, and he took on the teams Pitching Coach duties last August when Duncan asked...

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2012

Note to readers: I wrote this post prior to year-end, obviously long before Thursday evening’s news that Dave Duncan is taking an indefinite leave of absence as Cardinals pitching coach. Rather than update this article, I decided to leave it in its original form. After all, the Duncan news is clearly a 2012 story. This announcement has the potential of impacting several top stories...

Cardinals' Duncan will not return in 2012

St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan will not be with the team in 2012. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Derek Lilliquist will be the team's pitching coach next season. Duncan announced Thursday that he was taking a leave of absence for family reasons. His wife, Jeanne, has been battling brain cancer, and he previously took a leave when she had surgery...

Snapshots from the 1980s: Dave Duncan

The third installment of this series — short unpublished interviews from three years ago, focusing on the 1980s — features Dave Duncan. A big-league catcher for 11 seasons, Duncan went on to become the pitching coach for the Oakland A’s from 1986 to 1995. He currently serves in that role for the St. Louis Cardinals. —— Duncan, on what made the A’s pitching staffs of the...

Dave Duncan Departs

The changes in St Louis continue.  Thursday Joe Strauss reported Dave Duncan will step down as the St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach. Duncan has had one of the more remarkable baseball careers.  A catcher, he broke into the majors as an 18-year old with the Kansas City Athletics (1964), playing in 25 games.  Although he returned to the minors for the next 2 seasons (due to major...

Dave Duncan Stepping Aside

Many wondered if Dave Duncan would step down as St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach once Tony LaRussa left. They had such a close bond many thought he would, they’ve been together since 1996. Well he’s stepping aside but not because of Tony, it’s because of his wife Jeanine. @JoeStrauss: Dave Duncan is Stepping down as Cards pitching coach. Strauss has a full post up at STL...

Cardinals' Duncan, ex-Oriole, resigns to attend to ailing wife

Pitching coach will attend to ailing wifeDave Duncan intends to step aside as Cardinals pitching coach in order to deal with personal matters related to his wife Jeanine's ongoing battle against cancer.

StL Coaches Lilliquist, Miller, Strom Move Up

In the wake of Dave Duncan’s leave of absence, three St. Louis Cardinals system pitching coaches take one step upward.

Cardinals coach Duncan asks for leave of absence

St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has asked for a leave of absence to be with his wife as she continues to recover from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

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.

Reports: Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan stepping aside; wife's health cited

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Cardinals Major League Notebook: 01/08/12

Dave Duncan’s decision to step aside has injected more uncertainty into the defending World Champions 2012 equation.

Cardinals tab Lilliquist to fill in for Duncan

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that Derek Lilliquist will serve as pitching coach in place of Dave Duncan, who is taking a leave of absence to be with his wife while she recovers from surgery.

Cardinals at the 2007 All-Star Game: Who remains?

“Breaking up that old gang of mine.” So it goes for an organization once known for its stability, the St. Louis Cardinals. In the process of searching for something, I sometimes come across unusual items completely unrelated to my immediate objective. Interest in the following photo knocked me off my original quest, at least temporarily. It was taken by photographer-supreme Scott...
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