|New York Yankees — No. 17|
|Born: September 29, 1979 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|Major League Baseball debut|
|July 20, 2007 for the New York Yankees|
|Selected MLB statistics|
(through June 8, 2008)
|Batting average||. First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a Baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run Events 522 BC - Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumâta securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) Tucson (ˈtuːsɒn is the seat of Pima County Arizona, United States, located 118 miles (188 km) southeast The State of Arizona ( is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. Events 1304 - Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle - King Edward I of England takes the last rebel stronghold Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Batting average is a Statistic in both Cricket and Baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively 221|
|Runs batted in||23|
|On-base plus slugging||. On-base plus slugging (OPS is a baseball statistic calculated as the sum of a player's On-base percentage and Slugging percentage. 734|
David Shelley Duncan (born September 29, 1979, in Tucson, Arizona) is a corner outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter on the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City, New York. Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Minor League Baseball Events 522 BC - Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumâta securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) Tucson (ˈtuːsɒn is the seat of Pima County Arizona, United States, located 118 miles (188 km) southeast The State of Arizona ( is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. Outfielder is a generic term applied to each of the people playing in the three defensive positions in Baseball farthest from the batter First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a Baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run In Baseball, the designated hitter rule is the common name for Major League Baseball Rule 6 The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City, New York.
His younger brother, Chris Duncan, is an outfielder, third baseman and first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and his father, Dave Duncan, is the Cardinals' pitching coach and a former Oakland Athletics catcher. Christopher Edward Duncan (born May 5, 1981 in Tucson Arizona) is an Outfielder / First baseman for the St The outfield is a Sporting term used in Cricket and Baseball to refer to the area of the Field of play further from the Batsman The St Louis Cardinals (also referred to as "the Cards " or "the Redbirds " are a professional Baseball team based in St David Edwin Duncan (born September 26, 1945 in Dallas, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball player and current pitching coach In Baseball, a number of coaches assist in the smooth functioning of a team The Oakland Athletics are a professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in Cricket.
Duncan graduated from Canyon del Oro High School, located in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley, in 1998. Canyon del Oro High School, also known as CDO, is a comprehensive Public high school in Oro Valley Arizona, located north of Tucson at Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974 is a Suburban town located 6 miles north of Tucson, Arizona, USA in Pima County. He played on the school's 1997 baseball team that went on to capture the 5A State Championship title.
Duncan attended the University of Arizona, where in 1999 he was a Freshman 1st team All American outfielder, and in 2001 he was a 1st team College All-American outfielder and PAC-10 Conference all star. The University of Arizona (also referred to as UA, U of A, or Arizona) is a Land-grant and space-grant public institution He was selected by the Yankees in the 2nd round of the 2001 MLB Draft, 62nd overall. The First-Year Player Draft, also known as the Rule 4 Draft, is Major League Baseball 's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools 
In 2001 Duncan had a . 542 slugging percentage at Staten Island. Staten Island (ˌstætənˈaɪlənd is a borough of New York City situated primarily on the island of the same name In 2002, while playing outfield for the Greensboro Bats he had 10 assists from the outfield in 69 games, and had a . The Greensboro Grasshoppers (formerly the Greensboro Bats and the Greensboro Hornets are a Minor league baseball team in Greensboro North Carolina, USA 375 on base percentage.
In 2004 he hit 19 home runs in 424 at bats for Tampa of the Florida State League. The Florida State League is a Class A Advanced Minor League Baseball league which operates in the state of Florida. In 2005 he hit a league-leading 34 home runs and had 92 RBIs for Trenton, and was an Eastern League (AA) mid-season and post-season All-Star first baseman. He was also the winner of the 2005 Eastern League All-Star Game Home Run Derby. In 2006 he hit 19 home runs for Trenton in 351 at bats, and was twice the league's player of the week.
In 2007 Duncan was a member of the International League All-Star Team, and was the Topps IL Player of the Month in May. The International League ( IL) is a Minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States.  Duncan hit . 296 for the Yankees AAA team, hitting 25 home runs (2nd in the International League at the time of his call-up) with a . 577 slugging percentage in 336 at bats. 
Duncan made his MLB debut on July 20, 2007, as the designated hitter against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and recorded his first career hit and RBI. Events 1304 - Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle - King Edward I of England takes the last rebel stronghold Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. In Baseball, the designated hitter rule is the common name for Major League Baseball Rule 6 The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St The next day, he hit his first major league home run against the Devil Rays, and the following day had his first multi-home run game, going deep twice in front of the Yankee Stadium crowd. The original Yankee Stadium is a Stadium located in The Bronx in New York City. Duncan later hit his fourth Major League home run at Yankee Stadium on July 31, 2007 against the Chicago White Sox. The Chicago White Sox are a professional Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The next night Duncan hit his fifth home run in the Majors.  This caused Yankees TV announcers to joke that Duncan and third baseman Alex Rodriguez combined for a career total of 504 home runs because, at the time, Rodriguez was 'stuck' on a career total of 499 home runs.
Duncan is also joked about by announcers for his very enthusiastic high fives, brother bashes, and chest bumps in the dugout with his teammates. This led to the creation of his nickname, "Slam" Duncan. Former Yankee manager Joe Torre said in an interview with the YES Network that he tried to avoid Duncan whenever Duncan would celebrate. Joseph Paul Torre (ˈtɔɹi born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn New York) is the current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a former Major The Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES Network is a New York City regional Cable TV channel dedicated to broadcasting Baseball games of the Following his first home run, he was interviewed by YES Network's Kim Jones, who asked him for a high five, which he enthusiastically gave her.
On August 15, 2007, Duncan hit a 2-out, 3-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game against the Baltimore Orioles. However, the Orioles scored three times in the top of the 10th inning off of closer Mariano Rivera to win the game. Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Professional baseball player Duncan also recorded his first major-league outfield assist in the game as he gunned out Corey Patterson at home plate to keep the Orioles' lead to just three. Donald Corey Patterson (born August 13, 1979 in Atlanta Georgia) is a Major League Baseball Center fielder for the Cincinnati
On August 29, 2007, Duncan was named player of the year for the Scranton Yankees. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are the Class-AAA Minor league baseball affiliate of the New York Yankees.
Duncan was involved in some minor controversy on September 14, 2007, when, before the game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park, Duncan wrote "Red Sox Suck!" along with his autograph on a 10-year-old Red Sox fan's notebook. Events 81 - Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Duncan later apologized to the boy's family, saying he got caught up in the excitement of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. 
On March 12, 2008, leading off the 2nd inning in a spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Duncan reached first on a fielding error by third-baseman Evan Longoria . Events 538 - Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St Evan Michael Longoria (born October 7 1985 in Downey, California) is a Major League Baseball Third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays However, he continued on to second, where second baseman Akinori Iwamura caught the ball well before Duncan arrived. Akinori Iwamura (岩村 明憲 born February 9 1979 in Uwajima Ehime, Japan) is a Major League Baseball Infielder for Duncan slid, raising his left foot up and spiking Iwamura high and inside of his right thigh. Iwamura sustained a cut above his right knee but was otherwise fine, and made the tag regardless. Duncan was called out and ejected. Many believe that this was in response to Elliot Johnson's aggressive hit on Francisco Cervelli, which resulted in a broken wrist for the catcher. Elliot Tyler Johnson (born March 9, 1984, in) is a Major League Baseball Second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays. Francisco Cervelli (born March 6, 1986 in Valencia, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball Catcher for the New Shortly thereafter, as the Rays and Yankees benches cleared, Rays rightfielder Jonny Gomes rushed Duncan and tried to body-block him, only to stumble and eventually be restrained. A bench-clearing brawl, sometimes known as a basebrawl, is a form of ritualistic fighting that occurs in sports most notably Baseball and Ice hockey, in Jonathan Johnson Gomes (born November 22, 1980 in San Francisco California) is a current Designated hitter and Right fielder in Gomes was also ejected, as were two of the Yankees' coaches, Bobby Meacham and Kevin Long. Robert "Bobby" Meacham (born August 25, 1960 in Los Angeles CA) is a former Major League Baseball Shortstop. Kevin Long (born December 30, 1966 in) is the Hitting coach for the New York Yankees. In the previous inning, Yankees pitcher Heath Phillips had been ejected for hitting Evan Longoria with a pitch. Heath Michael Phillips (born March 24, 1982 in Evansville, Indiana) is a Major League Baseball Pitcher for the Tampa In Baseball, hit by pitch ( HBP) or hit batsman ( HB) refers to the batter being hit in some part of the body by a pitch from the 
On March 14, Duncan and teammate Melky Cabrera both received three game suspentions for their parts in incident. Events 1489 - The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice. Melky Astacio Cabrera (born August 11 1984 in Santo Domingo Oeste, Dominican Republic) is a Baseball Outfielder for the New York Yankees Rays outfielder Jonny Gomes was also suspended for his actions on the field. Jonathan Johnson Gomes (born November 22, 1980 in San Francisco California) is a current Designated hitter and Right fielder in  Each of these three players' suspensions was reduced one day in length after they decided to drop their appeal of the suspensions.
On April 9, Duncan was optioned to Triple A in order to recall shortstop Alberto Gonzalez. Events 193 - Septimius Severus is proclaimed Roman Emperor by the army in Illyricum (in the Balkans)  This move was done in order to avoid placing injured stars Derek Jeter or Jorge Posada on the 15 Day Disabled List, as Duncan had a minor league option. Derek Sanderson Jeter (ˈʤitɚ born June 26 1974 is an American Major League Baseball player Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball Catcher who plays The earliest he can return to the major league roster is on April 19. Events 1012 - Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich London. 1529 - At the Second Diet of Speyer