JUPITER, Fla. - New Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist doesn't see a need to change the spring training plan that Dave Duncan employed with his pitchers the past 16 years.
As the old adage says, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
"The recipe for his chocolate cake is pretty good," Lilliquist said. "Maybe there's some sprinkles here or there, but the recipe has been good and we're just going to get after it and get ready for game one."
Widely regarded as one of the best pitching coaches of all time, Duncan took a leave of absence in early January to be with his wife as she continues her recovery and treatment from surgery to remove a brain tumor.
Lilliquist, who enters his 11th season in the Cardinals organization, spent the majority of last season - his first in the big leagues as a coach - as the bullpen coach. He served as the interim pitching coach the final month of the year when Duncan first left to be with his wife.
Filling in for one month was one thing. Replacing a...