The Milwaukee Brewers released former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan last week after a vastly disappointing and highly overpriced stint in Brew City.
This year, Suppan is, in a word, sad. He has given up 50 hits in only 31 innings and has an abysmal 7.84 ERA. Now the struggling hurler is coming back to St. Louis.
Suppan had his best years as a Cardinal—he went 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA. Sure, the seasoned right-hander was younger then, but he was not good because of youth (he was still over 30) or luck.
The real reason Suppan had success with the Cards? Pitching coach Dave Duncan.
In his 27-year coaching partnership with Tony La Russa, MLB's third-winningest manager of all time, Duncan has been mentor to some of baseball's best arms, including four Cy Young Award winners like Cardinal ace Chris Carpenter.
Duncan's stellar record and three World Series rings are impressive, but his acute ability to reform a struggling pitcher has been the most remarkable part of his career as Dean of Pitching in MLB.
The following is a list of players whose careers have flourished at the Dave Duncan School of Pitching.