Originally written on i70baseball  |  Last updated 3/21/12
Replacing a Cardinal legend…those words could mean a lot of different things coming into the 2012 season. It could mean Lance Berkman taking over first base for Albert Pujols. It could mean rookie manager Mike Matheny replacing Hall-of-Fame manager Tony LaRussa. This article will focus on Derek Lilliquist, Cardinals pitching coach, who has the task of replacing arguably the greatest pitching coach of all-time, Dave Duncan. Lilliquist filled in admirably during the 2011 season when Duncan had to take an extended leave of absence to help his wife Jeanine after her surgery to remove a brain tumor. Duncan had a year remaining on his contract after 2011, but it began to seem more and more unlikely that he would come back after LaRussa retired and his wife’s medical issues. On January 6th, 2012, Duncan stepped down as Cardinals pitching coach. Cardinals fans grew anxious over the off-season, realizing just how crucial the pitching staff would be to the team’s success following the loss o...
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