Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 1/6/12
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 was taking a leave of absence from the ...
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