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Arizona baseball: Wildcats alum Shelley Duncan wins Northwest League Championship in first year as manager

This is pretty cool

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There was a point in time before the 2015 Arizona Wildcats baseball season that former Arizona slugger Shelley Duncan was going to be on Andy Lopez' coaching staff, possibly setting him self up as the heir to the throne.

But the Arizona Diamondbacks came knocking, and hired Duncan as the manager of their Short Season affiliate, the Hillsboro Hops.

That move definitely paid off for the organization on Sunday night, as the Hops won the Northwest League Championship.

"To get a bunch of guys at a low-level Minor League team to commit themselves to winning is special," Duncan told after the game. "We were handed a really good team by our farm director and people in the organization. The talent was through the roof."

It's pretty cool that Duncan was able to win a league championship in his first year as a manager. With two Arizona Wildcats already managing MLB teams in Chip Hale (Diamondbacks) and Terry Francona (Indians), maybe we'll see another one in Shelley Duncan in the coming years.