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Duncan, 65, will be serving in his 16th season as the Cardinals' pitching coach after being appointed to the post on October 23, 1995. This season marks his 32nd as a pitching coach - the most all-time in the majors, surpassing Galen Cisco's 28 years.

The Cardinals pitching staff had the fourth-lowest ERA (3.57) in the National League in 2010 and Adam Wainwright became the fourth Cardinals 20-game winner under Dave Duncan's watch, joining Chris Carpenter, Matt Morris and Darryl Kile.

His 2005 pitching staff posted the Cardinals first ERA (3.45) title since 1969 and the starting staff recorded 81 wins, the most by a Cardinals team since the beginning of Divisional play. His 2004 pitching staff finished percentage points behind Atlanta for the National League's ERA title (3.75), while the team's 3.01 bullpen ERA ranked among the league's best as did the team's 89 quality starts. In each of his first two seasons, the pitching staff set club records for strikeouts and ranked in the top six in the league in ERA.

Before joining the Cardinals, Duncan had been Oakland's pitching coach since July 1986, when he joined the A's along with manager Tony La Russa. Under Duncan's guidance, the Oakland staff ranked as one of the best in baseball, leading the American League in ERA from 1988 through 1990. In 1990, the A's had the lowest earned-run average in the majors, becoming just the second A.L. staff to do so since the inception of the DH rule in 1973.

Duncan began his coaching career in 1978 with the Cleveland Indians. In 1982, he was hired as Seattle's pitching coach, and the Mariners responded by leading the A.L. in strikeouts and finishing second in saves and shutouts. He left the Mariners in 1983 to join La Russa and the Chicago White Sox.

A former catcher, Duncan signed with the Kansas City A's in 1963 and made his major league debut in 1964. When the A's moved to Oakland, Duncan moved with them and appeared in both the 1971 and 1972 A.L. Championship Series and the 1972 World Series. Duncan concluded his playing career with two-year stints in both Cleveland (1973-74) and Baltimore (1975-76).

During his playing and coaching career, Duncan has been associated with eight Cy Young Award winners: he coached Bob Welch, Dennis Eckersley, LaMarr Hoyt and Chris Carpenter; and caught Vide Blue and Jim Hunter in Oakland, and Jim Palmer and Mike Cuellar in Baltimore.

Duncan and his wife, Jeanine, have two sons, David (Shelley) and Chris. Shelley was drafted by the New York Yankees in the June 2001 draft and made his Major League debut on July 20, 2007. Chris was a supplemental first-round draft pick by the Cardinals in the June 1999 draft and spent three-plus seasons as part of the Cardinals Major League team before a mid-season trade to Boston in 2009. Dave was honored at the January 2009 St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner with a Meritorious Service Award. He and Jeanine make their off-season home near Table Rock Lake, Mo.

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