Chris Duncan, a thug with a familiar surname, who has often been out of pain and the Cardinals raised to world championship status in 2006 and later made a second appearance as an open sports expert on St. Louis Radio, died Friday in Tucson, Ariz ., After years of fighting brain tumor. He was 38 years old.
Chris, the son of the former Cardinals who pitched Dave Duncan, reached the majors in 2005 and became a troop in 2006 when an injured cardinals team began to waver. Duncan's 22 home runs in his rookie season, 1
9 after the All-Star break, and his 0.977 OPS in the second half of the season helped a team with 83 wins into the playoffs before it found its way and the 10th. World Series of the organization won titles. Duncan would play three more seasons at the Cardinals before moving to Boston in 2009, though not one of them was as brilliant as the rookie year that ended in a ring.
"Without him, we would not be here," said manager Tony La Russa at that time.
Duncan was diagnosed with glioblastoma for the first time in 2012, the same malignant brain tumor that his mother Jeanine had. After the surgery, Chris was able to make significant progress and work again as a co-host for 101.1 FM / WXOS. In March 2018, he confirmed on the air that the tumor had returned. He had organized shows, prepared opinions, and kept the tumor's return silent for several months. Duncan said goodbye to his job and finally left the radio station in January to "concentrate on health".
"The Cardinals are deeply saddened by the passing away of Chris Duncan and express our sincere condolences to His wife Amy, the entire Duncan family and his many friends," said Bill DeWitt Jr., Chairman and CEO of Cardinals Explanation of the team. "Chris was an integral part of our 2006 championship team and a great teammate and friend to many in the organization."
After a relentless series of injuries and a series of under-average seasons for minors, Duncan found his career voice behind the microphone.
In 2006, a newspaper cited an unnamed scout who said Duncan was a "butcher" in the outfield. La Russa suggested that newspaper author Dave Duncan avoids "because I fear for their safety". Chris laughed at the scouting report and it made his self-deprecating, ironic and sometimes folksy personality in the air. He often ridiculed his defensive play in the air and wondered if he needed a glove or not in the left field. He told stories about the street and the clubhouse, sometimes looking for cleanliness, but never at the cost of humor or to protect himself.
He called beer "Man Soda," and the term spread.
Duncan first joined the radio business as a member of WXOS (101.1 FM), then as part of the evening drive-time show, and later as co-host of "The Turn."
As part of his He prepared for shows and wrote to reporters he trusted, background information, opinions on driving tests and checking rules. He learned hockey from the ground up to comment on the blues. Duncan started at the station in St. Louis but continued to do shows after moving to California with his wife Amy.
In the months leading up to his January 2011 wedding, Duncan secretly took piano lessons at his wedding day he was able to surprise Amy by playing a song to her.
Duncan was born on 5 May 1981 as the youngest of the two boys by Jeanine and Dave Duncan. He and his brother Shelley grew up near Major League Baseball. Her father was a coach for Cleveland, the White Sox, Oakland and the Cardinals. Both sons played as well as their father in the majors. Duncan was selected by the Cardinals in the first round (46th overall) of the 1999 draft, which also spawned Albert Pujols 12 laps later.
Duncan had a conscious ascension by the minor, and he would later talk about the pressure he felt as a first choice with his father's last name.
In 2005, he completed 21 homeruns for AAA Memphis and jumped for the first time with the majors. He impressed next spring and had reached the majors forever this year by the end of May. By June, he was a regular in the lineup, and in September, when the Cardinals made their last attempt to claim a place in the playoffs, he scored a club rookie record of nine home runs.
As the Cardinals' starting player in 2007, Duncan hit 21 homers and had an OPS of 0.834 to go with his 480 slugging percentage. His 2008 season was halted by a degenerative disc in the neck, and although he had a strong initial yield in 2009, he found it difficult to turn his head – even as he tried to reach the pitch of the Major League.
"His hardness is not on the charts," La Russa said after a summer win over the Cubs, which offered Wrigley Field a homerun, two singles, three RBIs and a curious outdoor play by Duncan. "You see it the way he plays, how he operates the bases, how he defends himself, how he attacks the bats. He will never give up.
The Cardinals traded Duncan to Boston this July, and he did not return to the majors, most recently playing in Washington's minority league system in 2010.
Dave Duncan freed in August of the following year In order to be with his wife when she started her fight against brain cancer, in October, when the Cardinals won their 11th World Series in the club's history, Chris, his brother, and mother, along with their daughters-in-law, saw off the bush Fourteen months after his mother's diagnosis, Chris learned that he had the same cancer, starting with a metal taste, then seizures and then surgery, chemo and other treatments.
In October 2012, a year after joining Chris watched a 6 ½-hour operation that was removed from his skull and then spent weeks in Bestr and chemo and took daily shots to treat a blood clot that had formed in his left arm.
"I've been in contests all my life," Duncan told columnist Joe Strauss in November 2012. "I worked for what I have in the game. For me, this is another competition. I will not let myself be beaten. I will do everything that gives me the best chance. "
Jeanine Duncan died in June 2013 at the age of 64.
She fought for 22 months against the fierce malignancy.
Chris Duncan had returned to the US Air and was there for nearly five years before it was publicly acknowledged that the tumor had reappeared on the left side of his brain. In September, after months of treatment for Chris, Amy Duncan shared positive news on social media that an MRI showed that "the swelling has dropped dramatically."
In conversation, she wrote: "It's still a challenge for Chris," and it stayed that way for months. In late 2018, Amy announced on Instagram that Chris had returned to Arizona to live with his father and Shelley, the manager in the Diamondbacks system.
"The light still shines," Amy Duncan wrote both of us. "
Chris Duncan is survived by his wife Amy. his father Dave; and his brother Shelley.
Arrangements and information on services are pending.
2. July 2007 – Chris Duncan of Cardinals starts after a single hit in a seventh inning race in a game between the st. louis cardinals and the arizona diamondbacks in the bush stadium in st. louis, mo. chris lee | After Shipping
Chris Duncan 2008
Dave and Chris Duncan
Christmas celebration of the Pujols Family Foundation in St. Louis
Chris Duncan signs baseball at Cardinals Winter Warm-Up
WXOS – Super Week 2012 – The Fast Track
101ESPN – Anthony Stalter
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Get the most complete coverage of St. Louis Cardinals in the area that goes straight to your inbox.