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Just over a year ago, last January 21, I published my predictions of the topics I thought could evolve into the top five stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2011. With the benefit of full hindsight, including the top 20 stories of 2011 countdown now in the books, this is a look back at my initial forecast.
The original top five projections follow, along with where the stories actually ended up, including links to the before and after articles. I won’t be repeating my 2011 summaries here, so click on the links if you’d like to read those detailed stories.
My predictive powers were only so-so. While all five of my guesses from one year ago made the top 20, I sidestepped the possibility of Tony La Russa retiring.
As always, I also did not predict how the season would end up, which turned out to provide the subjects of four more of the eventual top six stores (along with La Russa’s departure). Albert Pujols’ contract situation was a no-brainer, then and now.
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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...
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...
The St. Louis Cardinals have done a lot of replacing this off season. They replaced their long time and future Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa with rookie manager Mike Matheny. They also replaced their former face of the franchise Albert Pujols with a switch hitting outfielder named Carlos Beltran. Now it looks as though they will need to replace their outstanding pitching...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
In the wake of Dave Duncan’s leave of absence, three St. Louis Cardinals system pitching coaches take one step upward.
Matthew Leach fields questions from Cardinals fans on topics ranging from the projected batting order to prospects in waiting in the first Inbox of 2012.
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.