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Dave Duncan for Cardinals Hall of Fame

During Tuesday night’s FOX Sports Midwest’s St. Louis Cardinals telecast, former Cardinals outfielder and current radio commentator Chris Duncan joined play-by-play man Dan McLaughlin for an inning of conversation.

McLaughlin’s remarks included his view that Chris’ father Dave, long-time Cardinals pitching coach under Tony La Russa, should be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

I think that is a worthy topic, as it would be trail-blazing, since no coaches have yet to be inducted in Cooperstown. Even getting on a veteran’s committee ballot would be a good initial step, but one that may take some time.

First things first, in my opinion. Focus on what you can control – or at least influence.

Duncan should be fitted for a red jacket as a member of the Cardinals team Hall of Fame. The soonest this could happen is 2017, however.

The way the team Hall of Fame voting is organized, non-players can only join as the annual ownership selection. Being a part of the player nomination process myself, I know the DeWitts are both very interested and active.

Their choice this year is a former owner, Sam Breadon, preceded by player development guru George Kissell and the first year, broadcaster Mike Shannon. Other than believing Kissell should have been first, I have no issues with the owners’ selections.

In fact, I readily admit that I lobbied both of the DeWitts personally this year in favor of Breadon, just as I did the year before on behalf of Kissell.

I think I am going to do the same and get behind Dave Duncan’s case for next year. I hope others do, too.

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One Response to “Dave Duncan for Cardinals Hall of Fame”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    It’s good to innovate with team honors. Selections do not have to be justified to all teams, as with Cooperstown. Different kinds of contributions can be honored. Dave did super service to the birds, deserving grounds.

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