42 Total Quotes

Dave Duncan Quotes

He pitched more like he did when he was pitching more aggressively: taking advantage of his strengths, staying away from getting in trouble with his weaknesses,
Dave Duncan
#Advantage

I think he's more conscious of trying to pitch to the weakness of the hitter rather than just going after everybody the same way. That's pretty much what he did when he first came over.
Dave Duncan
#Trying

Ray may have recently suffered a little loss of confidence, and confidence comes by succeeding,
Dave Duncan
#Confidence

It was pretty nice to have both my boys on the field at the same time.
Dave Duncan
#Boys

If I was watching this club I would probably say that it's vulnerable, but knowing this club I wouldn't say that. It's only natural that there is going to be a loss of intensity under the circumstances we've been playing. You can't do anything about it.
Dave Duncan
#Club

I don't trust my memory,
Dave Duncan
#Memory

It was a natural progression. It was good for the pitchers to know how much importance we placed on defense. We're always adjusting ... defense as well as pitching strategy.
Dave Duncan
#Defense

Thursday's game (against the Padres) was tough because there were so many left-handed, right-handed situations,
Dave Duncan
#Game

As I told Flores, if we were playing a different team, we may have gone a different direction.
Dave Duncan
#Direction

These guys are going to have to step up and be the pitchers they were the majority of the season for us to have a successful postseason.
Dave Duncan
#Majority

Instead of getting in shape, he can refine the quality of his pitches. Has he been good? Yes. Is he capable of being better? I think so.
Dave Duncan
#Quality

You get into competition, the juices start flowing.
Dave Duncan
#Competition

You see some things you like, and you see some things you don't like. You don't make decisions early in the spring. You've got the chance to get some things together before you start evaluating.
Dave Duncan
#Decisions

All the pitches they got hurt on were belt high. I don't like it, but I understand it. Next time out, we hope to be seeing guys take another step forward, making more quality pitches, get them in that mode.
Dave Duncan
#Hurt

He's going to get every benefit of the doubt.
Dave Duncan
#Doubt

He had a good set of eyes to watch guys in the bullpen. His biggest strength was always his consistency. He could throw a ball for a strike pretty much anytime he wanted to.
Dave Duncan
#Consistency

He's respected, and people listen to him. That's a big part of coaching. If they don't listen to you, it doesn't matter what you tell them.
Dave Duncan
#People

I think he's still considered a power guy. I think he's just more of a blend of power and pitching.
Dave Duncan
#Power

I'm not forming any hard opinions one way or the other. It's way too early. . . . Gradually things clarify themselves.
Dave Duncan
#Opinions

He hasn't needed it. But he's going to need something like that at the major league level. It's hard to pitch at the top of the strike zone.
Dave Duncan
#Hard

Getting them all the amount of work necessary is important as long as the three of them are still competing for the job. We're going to try our best to give them equal opportunity. We'll figure out a way to do it.
Dave Duncan
#Work

Unfortunately, the toughest competition comes the last two weeks of spring, and I'm not sure where we're going to be (with the starters). It would be nice to be able to see them all in the toughest competition of spring. Will we be able to? I'm not sure yet.
Dave Duncan
#Competition

Sometimes that's what happens. Used in another role, given a different opportunity - a pitcher finds his strength.
Dave Duncan
#Opportunity

It's a never-ending process. As long as you're pitching, you're trying to learn something new. Anytime you can add a pitch, if it's a quality pitch, it's just another weapon that you have to work with. It's one more thing the hitter has to deal with.
Dave Duncan
#Ending

It looks to me like he's trying to be too fine. He's getting behind in the count too much. When he does know he has to throw a strike, it's in the top of the strike zone. He needs to be more aggressive early in the counts - not as concerned inside and outside as he is up and down ... mostly down. He can go to the corners when he controls the counts.
Dave Duncan
#Trying

It could be a good pitch for him if he can gain control of it to the point where he doesn't make mistakes that are hit. If his mistakes are down, OK. If he makes mistakes up ... I don't think he wants to walk off the field after getting beat on a changeup. But he can find places to use it.
Dave Duncan
#Control

He's shown that he has the ability to pitch at the major league level. Opportunities come in different ways. When you get them you have to take advantage of them. If he makes our ball club he'll probably appear in the middle of the game as a situational type left-hander.
Dave Duncan
#Ability

All of those guys competed equally. Any of them wouldn't have been a bad choice. From start to finish, Hancock was the most consistent throwing strikes.
Dave Duncan
#Choice

He's trying to throw too hard, trying to make it break too much, to make it better than it is. It doesn't need to be any better than it is. But when you increase your effort, you come out of your delivery and it affects your command.
Dave Duncan
#Trying

He was struggling with his delivery and his control. His pitches weren't sharp. But I told him it's a great sign because you're going to have 10, 12, 15 games during the season when it just isn't working. A lot of guys give in to that. But he didn't. He kept battling.
Dave Duncan
#Control