The Pittsburgh Pirates will reportedly interview St. Louis Cardinals first base coach, Stubby Clapp for their vacant manager position.
Clapp is a really interesting candidate. While he doesn't have a ton of managerial experience, he is baseball lifer and has been very popular, and well-liked every where he has been.
Clapp started his coaching career serving as a hitting coach for a couple minor league teams before getting his first managerial gig as the skipper for the Tri-City Valley Cats (Astros Single A). He went 84-67 in two seasons there before moving on to be hitting coach for a couple other minor league teams.
In 2016, Clapp got the opportunity to manage the minor league team he once played for - the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals AAA). Clapp lead that team to a PCL title and earned the Minor League Manager of the Year award. In 2018, Clapp and the Redbirds repeated - both the Redbirds as PCL champs and Clapp as manager of the year.
The Cardinals promoted Clapp to first base coach in St. Louis this season.
Quite honestly, hiring Clapp feels too good to be true. He checks all the boxes - he's an energetic, well-liked personality, he has been a highly-successful manager, and he's spent considerable time in one of the most successful baseball organizations in the league.
I've written on some of the other candidates - most of which I've been just fine with - but you can put Clapp on the top of this list for me.
He should be interviewing in Pittsburgh next week.
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