The Arizona Diamondbacks have finally made it official: former St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is now a special assistant to the general manager and a pitching consultant. Although most, including Duncan, still don’t know exactly what his job will entail the important part is the team has one of the best pitching coaches in the business as part of its organization.
“I don’t know clearly yet what my responsibilities will be yet, I think as time goes on I’ll be where I’m needed and try to do whatever I can to try and improve the quality of pitching in the Diamondbacks organization”
This is clearly a part of GM Kevin Towers’s new take on the pitching staff and Duncan is exactly the guy to help them out. It gives Duncan his way back into the game, while not tying him down to in the dugout for 162 games a season. Duncan has been out of the game for two years, understandably to take care of his wife, but has always been a great pitching coach and anyone who has worked with Tony LaRussa knows the game of baseball pretty well, especially the guy coaching those great St. Louis Cardinals pitching staffs. It seemed as if it didn’t matter who they plugged into the rotation, the pitching staff was clicking on all cylinders.
One can only hope Duncan can help the D’backs rotation the same way he helped all those old Cardinal rotations. Duncan had served as a pitching coach for 32 years from 1980 to 2011. This is a move that sets the team up well for the future.
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