Rest in Peace, Chris Duncan
The St. Louis Cardinals are mourning the loss of former outfielder and sports radio host Chris Duncan. Duncan, age 38, passed away on Friday, after battling glioblastoma – a form of brain cancer.
Duncan played with the Cardinals from 2005 – 2009, making a huge splash as a rookie in 2006. The Cardinals won the World Series that season – and Duncan had an amazing rookie year, batting .293/.363/.589 with 22 home runs in 314 plate appearances. In 2008, he battled with a herniated disc in his neck, and had to miss much of the season after surgery. In 2009, the Cards traded him to the Red Sox, who designated him to the minors. Duncan signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in January 2010 with an invite to Spring Training, and finished his baseball career with Syracuse in the International League in 2010.
Duncan began his career in radio in 2011, hosting for WXOS, an ESPN affiliate in St. Louis. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012, but was able to continue with hosting his radio show after undergoing chemotherapy. He took a permanent leave of absence in January of this year to focus his fight with cancer.
Among his loved ones grieving, Chris leaves behind his wife of 8 years, Amy, his dad, former MLB catcher and later pitching coach Dave Duncan, and former MLB outfielder Shelley Duncan. His mother, Jeanine, died in 2013 from the same form of cancer as Chris.