Dave Duncan Taking Leave Of Absence

Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is taking a leave of absence due to family matters, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Duncan's wife has been battling cancer and had surgery to remove a brain tumor in August. Joe Strauss of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the team will issue an announcement tomorrow (Twitter links).

“As far as how long he’ll be gone, no one knows,” said GM John Mozeliak to Rosenthal.

Duncan, 66, has been the team's pitching coach since 1995, and he is widely considered to be one of the very best in the game. He was in the second year of a two-year deal signed last offseason. Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist has filled in for Duncan in the past, though it's unclear if he will do so again.


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71 Comments on "Dave Duncan Taking Leave Of Absence"


manoman12
3 years 6 months ago

Wow, he will be missed.

3 years 6 months ago

wow…

Cory J. Settoon
3 years 6 months ago

Him and La Russa. That’s tough to replace.

scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

Duncan made a more positive impact than LaRussa

gradylittle
3 years 6 months ago

Man, I was upset when Urkel was taken off the air too. 

Seth Guttman
3 years 6 months ago

Ouch…

goredsgo
3 years 6 months ago

sux for the cardinals but as a reds fan ill take it

MetsMagic
3 years 6 months ago

Huh? Don’t take joy in the fact that someone has to leave his post because his wife has cancer. That goes beyond baseball.

TophersReds
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed. I wish nothing but the best for him and his wife.

goredsgo
3 years 6 months ago

sorry i didnt see the part where it said his wife had cancer

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Congrats.  You’ve just won most thoughtless post of the week/year.

3 years 6 months ago

Wait. Agreed that he should of thought before posting but its not like he said glad his wife got cancer. The way I took it was he showed respect by saying Dave Duncan helped the Cardinals greatly to the point that he thinks it will help his team(reds) be a conteder. Nothing about being glad someone is sick was said. I think we are over reacting here.

goredsgo
3 years 6 months ago

that was worse than what cbd put?

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

It’s a only a game. He’s taking a leave of absence for a much bigger reason. The love of his life, the one who see’s last at the end of the night and first in the morning, the mother of his kids, is very ill. If something happens, he wants to know that he spent as much time as he possibley could with her. There’s more to life than just baseball.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 6 months ago

Go Brewers?

highski
3 years 6 months ago

You’ll be missed, Dave!  Thanks for the great work!

3 years 6 months ago

Oh no… This has been a terrible offseason for the Redbirds. :(

Cory J. Settoon
3 years 6 months ago

At least you got a WS out of it all.

3 years 6 months ago

We won the WS in the playoffs not the offseason. Playoffs were great, but it’s going to be tough to overcome these key departures.

Beersy
3 years 6 months ago

I guess that is the end of reclamation projects in St. Louis.

3 years 6 months ago

Will the Cards still be able to compete at a legit level now? I mean, they still have Berkman, Craig, Molina, Freese, Furcal, Holiday, Carpenter, Wainwright back, Garcia, and now Beltran, but LaRussa, Pujols, and now Duncan gone? Where will they look for a new pitching coach?

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

I heard they’re going to hire Roger Clemens. 

JUICE UP BOYS

Ferrariman
3 years 6 months ago

that wasn’t even slightly funny…

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I guess not. Oh well. I though the match-up of McGwire with Clemens was kind of funny…

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

Please, show respect for now.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

Didn’t mean to show disrespect to Duncan if that’s how anyone took it. My bad.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

Then I apologize. Reading sarcasm on the internet is not always cut and dry.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

I put that up before seeing that Duncan was leaving his job to be with his ailing wife. Kind of regret that post now.

3 years 6 months ago

You failed to mention Holiday.

kräftig. entschieden
3 years 6 months ago

And Furcal.

3 years 6 months ago

Cards closer is pretty good too.

3 years 6 months ago

Well, they keep transitioning, but I guess Motte will stay as closer and Salas as the setup man

3 years 6 months ago

I edited in Furcal

3 years 6 months ago

Probably their best player…

3 years 6 months ago

Ok, I edited him in

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

these guys on the cards staff are mostly vets…they know what to do now…duncan is a great coach and im sure he will be missed but, you guys have a veteran team that mostly gets it…the cards will be fine and personally your only competition will be the reds and i think latos is going to get knocked around in that crackerbox{reds stadium}….st louis finishes 1 with the reds being the wild card to take the division say st louis self destructs, which i doubt it

stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

He will be greatly missed by the Cardinals.

As much as I wanted him back he is making the right choice. He, his family, and especially his wife have been through a lot. Good for him to make the right call and enjoy what’s really important.

EdinsonPickle
3 years 6 months ago

I knew his wife was battling cancer although I had no idea how severe it was. I was really hoping that things would turn around for the Duncan family and that she would recover which would allow Dave to return to the game.

There’s no way anyone could be upset with this. Baseball’s great, but as you said, he has to make the call to take care of what’s really important.

Becky Lee
3 years 6 months ago

you guys are terrible all you can think about is baseball? His wife has cancer but was better this means she has taken a turn for the worst, since nobody else will say it…….prayers to the whole duncan family

scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

how do you know she took a turn for the worse?  don’t spread false information unless you know what you are talking about.

3 years 6 months ago

I respect that decision completely. Good luck to Mr. Duncan and his wife. Without question and even in the face of any team loyalties, he’s a fantastic pitching coach. He’ll be welcomed anywhere at any time he wishes to return.

Becky Lee
3 years 6 months ago

they will be fine, will promote within same thing happened at the end of aug and we all know how that turned out

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

Well, there goes their fifth starter…

3 years 6 months ago

The mighty have fallen.. No Pujols, no LaRussa, and no Duncan, LOL.

Ferrariman
3 years 6 months ago

…and still favorites for NL Central…

Ry.the_Stunner
3 years 6 months ago

That’s extremely debatable.

scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

I think the Reds will take the division.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think there is a clear favorite yet in the NL Central. I would still say it’s close between the Cardinals, Brewers, and Reds.

Stromalama
3 years 6 months ago

No Fielder and Braun out for 50 games. Hard for the Brewers to stay competitive through that. It’s between the Cards and the Reds.

Stromalama
3 years 6 months ago

No Fielder and Braun out for 50 games. Hard for the Brewers to stay competitive through that. It’s between the Cards and the Reds.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Where’d you hear that?

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

Yea LOL… this is funny… the insensitivity of some of the MLBTR readers astounds me sometimes

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 6 months ago

I wish Duncan and his wife the best.

His presence and knowledge will be missed, but there are things that are much more important than a game, and family is definitely one of them.

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

Best of luck to Duncan and his wife. Beat cancer. 

3 years 6 months ago

Noooooooooooooooooooooo :(  We will miss you Dave.