The Epic Pitching Coach Search

By Thomas Lynch

Dave Duncan would only come to the D’backs as an adviser. Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Who knew that finding a pitching coach would take this long? The Arizona Diamondbacks have been in the hunt for one ever since they relieved Charles Nagy of those duties on October 7th. They have reached out to a couple of different guys, one of whom who could have gotten the fan base really excited.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the D’backs contacted long time guru Dave Duncan about filling the vacancy.  Duncan stepped away after the 2011 season to care for his ailing wife Jeanine who unfortunately passed away in June 2013.  He has expressed an interest in returning to the game. It is interesting to note that his son, former player Shelley Duncan lives in the Phoenix area.  However, it seems that the elder Duncan would like to return only in an advisory role.

The Snakes have now turned their attention in a different direction. In a tweet sent by KTAR 620 AM’s John Gambadoro, he expects Arizona to reach out to current Yankees’ pitching coach Mike Harkey.  Harkey, who played for eight seasons in the Bigs, has been manager Joe Girardi’s pitching for the past six years and has been a coach with the Marlins and the Padres. Harkey helped guide the Yanks’ staff which was constantly evolving, to a 3.94 ERA, 8th in the American League.

Stay tuned as hopefully the D’backs get their man relatively soon.

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