Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan passed away on Friday at the age of 38, after battling brain cancer.
The Cardinals confirmed Duncan’s death in a statement after he succumbed to cancer.
“The Cardinals are deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Duncan and extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Amy, the entire Duncan family, and his many friends,” Cardinals Chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement.
“Chris was an integral part of our 2006 championship team and a great teammate and friend to many in the organization,” he said.
Duncan was a Cardinals from 2005 to 2009 as a left fielder and first baseman. He hailed from a family of Baseball players. He was the youngest son of Dave Duncan, a former catcher and retired pitching coach for the Cardinals. His older brother, Shelley, was also a first baseman and outfielder in MLB.
Rest in peace, Chris Duncan, who climbed through the Cardinals system.
Our deepest condolences to 2018 MiLB manager Shelley Duncan and their family. pic.twitter.com/nGU4Vsawuo
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 7, 2019
After his playing career, Chris worked as a mid-day radio program on the St. Louis ESPN Radio Affiliate, WXOS.
After initially playing for Johnson City Cardinals, Duncan made his debut for the big club In September, 2005. A month later, his home run at Busch Memorial Stadium became the last during the regular season.
After making his way into the regular rooster the next year. Duncan hit 22 home runs in only 280 at bats. He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 2006.
He was traded to the Red Sox in 2009. In 2010, with hitting .257 with 55 home runs and 175 RBI, Duncan retired from baseball as a player and took up broadcasting.
He took a permanent medical leave from his ESPN radio show in January and battled brain cancer. On Friday, September 6, his life ended.
The baseball community was deeply saddened by his death.
Terribly sad to hear this news about former Redbird and Cardinal Chris Duncan. 💔 https://t.co/LSV8pQGlPb
— Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) September 7, 2019
Sad to hear of the passing of Chris Duncan. Fought for such a long time & doesn’t have to suffer anymore. My thoughts are w/ the entire Duncan family. This world is just not fair. #Cardinals #RIP #MLB pic.twitter.com/5Er6yC5WKk
— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@TheRealJHair) September 7, 2019
Chris Duncan was kind. And that’s really all that matters in this world. Rest In Peace ❤️ https://t.co/SAWdzWgzGu
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) September 7, 2019
We, at Essentially Sports are deeply lamented by the death of Chris Duncan and wish those close to him the strength to cope up with the loss.