While nothing is official yet, Barry Bloom at mlb.com reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are set to hire Dave Duncan to oversee pitching throughout the entire organization. He will also be involved in selecting the next pitching coach for the D’backs. This is what General Manager Kevin Towers said about the negotiations and what Duncan’s role will be:
“I’d say we’re on the 5-yard line on this and that there’s a very good chance he’s going to be with us in a capacity,” Towers said of Duncan. “It won’t be as our pitching coach, but he’ll be the pitching consultant and special assistant to the GM.”
It is clear that Duncan did not want a commitment to actually return to the dugout. He left the game after the 2011 season to care for his ailing wife, Jeanine who unfortunately succumbed to cancer on June 7th, 2013. Coming to the D’backs makes perfect sense for the 68 year old Duncan. His son, former player Shelley Duncan, lives in the Phoenix area with his family. He can get back into the business of baseball without the stress of being with the team for 162 games a year, not including Spring Training and the playoffs.
Getting Dave Duncan into the organization is a big win for the D’backs.