Cardinals, Dave Duncan Reach Two-Year Agreement

The Cardinals have reached a two-year agreement with esteemed pitching coach Dave Duncan, reports Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The contract includes a mutual option for 2013.  There are some high-profile pitching coach openings this winter, but the game's best is staying put.  Cardinals manager Tony La Russa signed a contract guaranteeing one year, but Duncan wanted more security.

Additionally, the Cardinals announced that Mark McGwire will return as the hitting coach, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.


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28 Comments on "Cardinals, Dave Duncan Reach Two-Year Agreement"


TheHotCorner
4 years 10 months ago

Good move by the Cardinals to bring him back. Not unexpected.

stl_cards16
4 years 10 months ago

I’m kind of surprised Duncan would sign on for longer than Larussa is garaunteed to be there. About the only reason for keeping TLR was to keep Duncan, maybe they didn’t even need to keep TLR.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

I agree…”Duncan wanted more security.”why would Duncan worry about job security anyway? he’s the best…unless he’s planning something crazy for this year like making Chris Carpenter throw left from now on…

stl_cards16
4 years 10 months ago

haha….Yeah, I’ve always just kind of assumed if Tony left Duncan would too, maybe that won’t be the case.

stl_cards16
4 years 10 months ago

haha….Yeah, I’ve always just kind of assumed if Tony left Duncan would too, maybe that won’t be the case.

Infield Fly
4 years 10 months ago

[Sigh] Dave Duncan makes me wish there was cloning….

Infield Fly
4 years 10 months ago

[Sigh] Dave Duncan makes me wish there was cloning….

RedSox2219
4 years 10 months ago

There goes all the Duncan to Red Sox fantasies.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 10 months ago

Sigh, no early Christmas.

4 years 10 months ago

Duncan to [insert every team here] fantasies is more like it.

RedSox2219
4 years 10 months ago

There goes all the Duncan to Red Sox fantasies.

0bsessions
4 years 10 months ago

Foregone conclusion and all that, but it was nice being able to hold out blind, unfounded and unrealistic hope of the Sox scopping him up for that like 72 hours it lasted.

0bsessions
4 years 10 months ago

Foregone conclusion and all that, but it was nice being able to hold out blind, unfounded and unrealistic hope of the Sox scopping him up for that like 72 hours it lasted.

4 years 10 months ago

Cardinal nation stand up and cheer!!! Our very own Dave Duncan is coming back home!!!

stl_cards16
4 years 10 months ago

Yes! This will be the biggest news of our offseason.

stl_cards16
4 years 10 months ago

Yes! This will be the biggest news of our offseason.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

more like Kyle Lohse stand up and cheer.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

more like Kyle Lohse stand up and cheer.

4 years 10 months ago

Cardinal nation stand up and cheer!!! Our very own Dave Duncan is coming back home!!!

4 years 10 months ago

My only concern with them bringing back Duncan, it usually means that they aren’t going to spend the money on signing anyone worth crap. They’ll sign 4 Rich Hill types and hope that Duncan can work his magic on one of em.

If you throw enough pieces of crap against the wall, eventually some will stick.

4 years 10 months ago

But in this case, the crap that sticks is equal to an ace.

Lanidrac
4 years 10 months ago

It’s kind of hard for them to sign much crap, as you put it, this offseason with 4 rotation spots already settled (3 of them extremely well) and a strong attempt being made to resign Westbrook.

4 years 10 months ago

I don’t consider Westbrook much more than a 5th starter. With Lohse in the rotation, maybe Westbrook’s 4th. I guess the bright side is at least he’s stayed healthy most of his career.

I get fed up of them signing guys and hoping they’ll find a diamond. It’s painful to watch.

chaifetz10
4 years 10 months ago

But it seems to work out more than it fails. Remember back in 04 when they had a scrap heap rotation of some injured player named Chris Carpenter, a young head case in Jason Marquis, a wandering veteran in Jeff Suppan, and declining veteran in Matt Morris, and the old fart Woody Williams? Who thought that rotation would ammount to anything….much less 4 15 game winners and a world series appearance.

I will gladly take a rotation of Wainwright, Carpenter, Garcia, Lohse, and a scrap heap guy anyday.

jrav
4 years 10 months ago

Not really that surprising. For those of you wondering why he’s signed longer than TLR? Read between the lines a bit. Tony wants to do a year to year thing, but he’s 120 wins away from becoming #2 on the all time win list. At MINIMUM he’s staying long enough to get that accomplishment. Which would be 2 years. Tony signed a 1yr contract with an option for a 2nd. Also it’s no coincidence that the Cardinals signed both to a multi year deal, that will extend past Albert’s contract year. It’s partially a move to help keep Albert where he’s at

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 10 months ago

In terms of pitching coach fantasies, I wonder if Leo Mazzone still has the drive to teach? He’s the only other coach I can think of who has had the same type of success as Duncan

SLUCARD
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah, McGwire did steroids, just like many other players in the STEROID era. Not saying he’s a great coach or anything. That remains to be seen. I’m just sick of hearing about this.

stl_cards16
4 years 10 months ago

lol…really? still?