White Sox name Dave Duncan organization-wide pitching consultant

Former major-league pitching coach Dave Duncan has joined the Chicago White Sox organization as a pitching consultant.

February 8th, 2018

Former major-league pitching coach Dave Duncan has joined the Chicago White Sox organization as a pitching consultant.

Duncan's responsibilities in his new role include reviewing and evaluating video of pitchers and pitching prospects, in addition to providing feedback and expertise to various members throughout the Sox organization.

"Given his impressive experience and accomplishments in this game over decades in the dugout, Dave provides us with another set of valuable eyes to give insight into our major league pitching staff, our minor league prospects, other major league staffs and even some of the amateur arms we might be considering for next year's draft," White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to watch the many talented pitchers in the White Sox organization and offer my own thoughts and impressions based on my coaching experience and knowledge," said Duncan. "I have already been talking to Don Cooper and Curt Hasler, and the coach in me is excited to look for ways to contribute toward making a pitcher even a little bit better."

Duncan, 72, spent the previous four seasons serving as a Special Assistant to the General Manager/Pitching Consultant in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He worked as a major-league pitching coach for 32 seasons with Cleveland (1980-81), Seattle (1982), the White Sox (1983-86), Oakland (1986-95) and St. Louis (1996-2011). His 32 years as a pitching coach is the longest tenure in baseball history.

Duncan's pitching staffs led its respective league in ERA four times (1988-90, 2005), and he coached four Cy Young Award winners: the White Sox LaMarr Hoyt (1983), Oakland's Bob Welch (1990) and Dennis Eckersley (1992) and St. Louis' Chris Carpenter (2005). Duncan was a member of three World Series-winning staffs under manager Tony LaRussa with Oakland (1989) and St. Louis (2006 and '11), coached in three more World Series (1988, '90, 2004) and was in the postseason as a coach 14 times.

A resident of Tucson, Ariz., Duncan played 11 major-league seasons with the Kansas City Athletics (1964, '67), Oakland (1968-72), Cleveland (1973-74) and Baltimore (1975-76). He caught Cy Young Award winners Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter with the Athletics, and Jim Palmer and Mike Cuellar with the Orioles. Duncan was a member of Oakland's 1972 World Series championship team.

Both of Duncan's sons, Chris and Shelley, played in the major leagues. Chris played five seasons with the Cardinals (2005-09) and Shelley appeared in eight seasons with the Yankees (2007-09), Cleveland (2010-12) and Tampa Bay (2013).