Former Peoria Chiefs player and St. Louis Cardinals hero Chris Duncan is, once again, in the fight of his life.

The ex-big leaguer is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer for the third time, and has taken a permanent leave of absence from his radio show with WXOS (ESPN) 101.1 in St. Louis.

The Cardinals went public with it on Twitter: "Please join us in keeping former Cardinal Chris Duncan and his family in your thoughts as he continues his courageous fight against cancer."

Duncan played for the Chiefs in the Midwest League in parts of three seasons.

In 2000, he appeared in 122 games for Peoria and hit .256, with eight home runs and 57 RBIs.

In 2001, Duncan played 80 games for the Chiefs and hit .306, with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs.

And in 2002, he came back for 129 games in Peoria, and hit .271 with 16 homers and 75 RBIs as the Chiefs won the Midwest League championship.

Duncan, 37, had a bout with brain cancer in 2012, and again last year. His mother, Jeanine, died from the same type of brain cancer in 2013.

In 2006 we got into Oct on the last day.@chrisduncan11’s 20 2nd half HRs with several key players on DL saved our season and became WS #10. His on field courage is with him off field as well! Cardinals Nation has you in their thoughts.https://t.co/1tmxis5GkZ

— Tony La Russa (@TonyLaRussa)January 8, 2019

God speed to Chris Duncan and his family.

And that's Cleve In The Eve for Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

Here's your nightly sports quote:

"Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life."

 — Ernie Harwell

Dave Eminian covers the Rivermen and Chiefs for the Journal Star, and writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or deminian@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.