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Dave Duncan is uninterested in becoming the next manager of the Houston Astros.
?My interest right now is to be the best pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for the remainder of the season and through the postseason,? said Duncan, the highest-paid coach in baseball. ?I don?t really want to get distracted with anything that?s going to take away from that. I?m just going to concentrate on doing my job right now and finishing the season.?
Duncan had an interest in managing earlier in his career, but has settled into his role as an elite pitching coach.
?Earlier in my career, I think I had a desire to manage more than I do now,? Duncan said. ?I don?t think that you go into the job like that without making a really strong commitment. And usually it has to have some length to it. So my interest right now ? you know, I?ve been around a long time, and I don?t know whether I?d have the same desire to make that type of commitment than I might have in years past.?
The Astros have fired manager Cecil Cooper.
Houston is 70-79 and have lost seven straight games.
According to the Associated Press, third-base coach Dave Clark will take over as interim manager for the final 13 games this season.
Miguel Tejada says that he hasn't discussed his future with Astros management, but that he wants to stick with the team.
"I love it here," Tejada told the Houston Chronicle. "The fans have been great. One thing I appreciate about this city is that with everything I've been through this season, they've been supportive. Even if I don't come back next year, I'll have this city in my mind."
The shortstop has struggled offensively and defensively this season and the Astros figure to get younger next season, but Tejada claims that he isn't worried about the future.
"I'm not really worried about it," he said. "That's the business part of it. I would love to stay here. It's a place I feel really comfortable, and I think I could win here. I think with the guys we have here and the young guys, we're going to be OK. It doesn't matter to me (where I play). I've played third in winter ball. If I've got to move to third, I'll move to third. I just want to win."
Astros pitcher Mike Hampton will miss the entire 2010 season after undergoing left shoulder surgery.
Hampton is 148-115 in 409 career appearances with a 4.07 ERA in 2,264 career innings.
The team issued a statement on Tuesday saying surgeons at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York repaired a full left rotator cuff tear in Hampton's pitching shoulder.
Derek Jeter almost ended up as a member of the Astros, Reds or Expos.
On June 1, 1992, when Jeter was drafted, he did not even know the Yankees had the sixth pick in the draft.
His family had been led to believe that either Houston with the first pick or the Reds with the fifth would take the shortstop from Kalamazoo Central High in Michigan.
The Reds envisioned Jeter playing centerfield and then moving to shortstop following the retirement of Barry Larkin.
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