One of the more likely candidates to succeed John Gibbons as Blue Jays manager, Stubby Clapp insists he hasn’t heard anything from the Jays front office.
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, who spoke with him in Surprise, Arizona, potential Blue Jays managerial candidate Stubby Clapp hasn’t heard anything directly from the front office in Toronto.
Clapp, currently the manager of the Surprise Saguaros, the Arizona Fall League that features some of the Blue Jays’ brightest prospects, had this to say about the rumours:
“I haven’t heard anything from Toronto. It’s been all rumours. Honestly, I’m taking it day by day, I’m worried about these guys here and if it happens, if there’s an opportunity to get an interview or something like that, great, I’d be excited to do something like that. Right now, I’m a Cardinal, that’s my focus and that’s where my mind is, and on taking care of these guys in Arizona.”
Source: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet
It was written not too long ago that the Blue Jays were making progress in narrowing down their list of potential candidates. Although the exact list of names is not known, it is widely believed that Clapp is among those being considered for the job.
Clapp, 45, is a native of Windsor, Ontario, who briefly was a player in the Cardinals organization before turning to coaching in the mid-2000s when he joined the Houston Astros organization. Since then, he’s been named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year and has been praised by Baseball America as their Minor League Manager of the Year.
This season, Clapp managed the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and helped them win the Pacific Coast League championship, finishing up with a regular season record of 83-57.