I expect you're right about LaRussa. He could have been Manager-for-Life in St. Louis. The only reason for him to leave was to retire. I don't know that much about Duncan - age, ambition, and so forth.
Yes LaRussa has retired from coaching and I think LaRussa is over the 1990 World Series by now. As far as Phillips and Cueto he may not like them but they won't effect his decision if he wants to come out of retirement. Unless he is a WLB. As for Duncan just how strong is his dedication? Remember this story not to long ago?
According to Rotoworld.com:Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan may leave the organization after the year.Duncan is upset at the perceived handling of his son, Chris Duncan, by both the Cardinals media and front office. Tony LaRussa's right-hand man since 1983 has also lost influence with the front office, no longer being consulted on decisions and not seeing his philosophy mesh with the minor league philosophy. Duncan insists any decision will come in the off-season and be a professional, not personal decision. Color us skeptical. Duncan is possibly the best pitching coach in the game now that Leo Mazzone has retired. He won't have trouble finding a job. It would be a blow to the Cardinals' future as fantasy owners would no longer be able to pick up Cardinal pitchers and see them morph into world-beaters on a regular basis. Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch
Just how strong of a hold does the Cardinal organization have with Duncan now that his buddy is not coaching there?
The story is old. I remember when it happened. I was struck by the part about Duncan being the best pitching coach now that Leo Mazzone (sp?) has retired. After LM left Atlanta I think he went to Baltimore and utterly failed to generate any good pitchers. It turned out that he was a great pitching coach because he had great pitchers, not the other way around. Duncan strikes me as being more like Don Gullett, but with a longer track record: Duncan can take a mediocre pitcher and show him how to be a lot better. Gullett did it a few times (all with lefty starters) but Duncan does it once or twice every season.
I'd move a lot of things around to get Duncan.
I understand Duncan wanting to be with his wife. I have no issue with that. Frankly, as long as he is dealing with her illness, he'll not be coaching at all.
I'm a reds fan and some have said they don't like LaRussa but I haven't been one of them. He is a good manager and I have nothing against Dusty but I think Walt wants LaRussa here and LaRussa will get the itch to manage again. I'm not saying he will but it is a possibility. He may not like some players here but managing is managing.
"Duncan is not going to leave his wife to be a pitching coach for the Reds. My loyalty has nothing to do with it, I think cardinal fans know a little bit more about the situation than reds fans. You don't know what Duncan is going through with his wife, he would want to be near her"
What makes Cardinals fans better experts in this matter? We all feel for the Duncan family and what they are going through. You guys have a web cam in his house or something?
"I really think he is going to retire."
That is a opinion not a fact.
"This isn't the first time we have heard rumors about this and that is all they are. Larussa is not going to manage again he wants to stay in baseball but in a different capacity and I'm sorry but Larussa wouldn't come to the Reds"
How do you know this? You don't think he can fill that role he wants here? After all Walt Jocketty and LaRussa are still friends aren't they or did that end when Jocketty became a Red?
Besides I thought all you Reds fans hated Larussa?
Most of us do but not because of his coaching skills.