The Toronto Blue Jays interviewed Windsor, Ont. native Richard “Stubby” Clapp for their vacant managerial position, reports the Canadian Baseball Network’s Bob Elliott.
Clapp, 45, is the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League, winners of the Triple-A National Championship last month.
A second baseman in his playing days, Clapp reached the majors in 2001 with the St. Louis Cardinals, playing 23 games. He also played for the Canadian national team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and was a gold medalist with Canada at the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto.
Following his retirement, Clapp got into coaching with the Houston Astros organization in 2007, working his way up to manager of their Single-A affiliate, the Tri-Valley ValleyCats in 2011.
He joined the Jays organization in 2013 as the hitting instructor for the High A-ball Dunedin Blue Jays before moving up into the same role the following season with the club’s Double-A affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Clapp jumped to the Redbirds in November 2016, winning back-to-back titles in both years at the helm of the club.
Clapp is one of a number of candidates for the Jays vacancy, with TSN’s Scott Mitchell reporting that Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Tampa Bay Rays field coordinator Rocco Baldelli and Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde among the finalists. David Bell, hired on Sunday as the new manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was also a candidate.
The Blue Jays announced late last month that John Gibbons would not return as manager for a seventh season.