- The St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Shildt earlier this week due to “philosophical differences”.
- Cardinals’ first base coach Stubby Clapp is the betting favorite to replace Shildt at +150 via BetOnline.
- San Diego Padres’ associate manager Skip Schumaker is second at +400.
St. Louis Cardinals’ first base coach Stubby Clapp is the odds on favorite to become the team’s next manager.
According to online sportsbook BetOnline, the 48-year old Canadian who played for the Cardinals in 2001 is a +150 to replace Mike Shildt who was fired by the team in a “surprise” move earlier this week:
Odds for the Cardinals’ next manager
Next Cardinals Manager
Stubby Clapp +150
Skip Schumaker +400
Mark McGwire +575
Buck Showalter +650
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) October 16, 2021
Padres’ associate manager Skip Schumaker is second in the BetOnline oddsboard at +400 while former Cardinals’ superstar Mark McGwire is next at +575 while former Orioles manager Buck Showalter is fourth at +650.
Stubby Clap is Favorite
1. Stubby Clapp: Other than having one of the best names in baseball, Clapp has recently coached the likes of Bader, O’Neill, Edman, Flaherty, etc with Memphis in 2017-18 and everyone loved him. He was named PCL coach of the year both years and led Memphis to the AAA title. pic.twitter.com/6vrXtLFLJY
— Gateway Grinders (@gatewaygrinders) October 15, 2021
Stubby Clapp is a cool name for a baseball manager but the Cardinals’ first base coach is more than just his cool name.
As the manager for the Cardinals’ Triple A affiliate Memphis Redbirds, Clapp was named as the PCL Manager of the Year in 2017 and 2018, while leading the Redbirds to back-to-back Triple A championships. Clapp was promoted to Cardinals’ first base coach in 2019 and still holds that position to date.
Over the past couple of offseasons, Clapp has received consideration for the managerial jobs in Toronto and Pittsburgh. His history of playing and managing for the Red Birds and Cardinals makes him a very viable option to become the next man at the helm of the team. He is also well-loved by both players and the fan base.
Next on the list is Skip Schumacher who was rumored to have interviewed for multiple managerial positions in the past. He is currently the bench coach of the San Diego Padres but is well-regarded by both the Cardinals organization and their fans. Looking at his resume, he checks a lot of boxes.
Schumacher was drafted by the Cardinals in 2001 and he played outfielder and second base for the team from 2005 to 2012, winning his only World Series there in 2011. As a coach, he is analytical and is familiar with the organizational philosophies in St. Louis. A return to the Cardinals is definitely not impossible, although it won’t be easy because he works for another organization.
Other Possible Candidates
These odds come from @betonline_ag:
Next #stlcards Manager
Stubby Clapp 3/2
Skip Schumaker 4/1
Mark McGwire 23/4
Buck Showalter 13/2
Oliver Marmol 15/2
Joe Espada 8/1
Jose Oquendo 10/1
Bruce Bochy 11/1
Brad Ausmus 12/1
Matt Holliday 12/1
Jeff Banister 14/1
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) October 15, 2021
Another former Cardinals’ star in consideration in McGwire, who starred for the Cardinals in 1998 when he broke Roger Maris’ single season home run mark of 61 with 70.
McGwire worked with the Cardinals as the team’s hitting coach from 2010-12, helping the team win the World Series in 2011. Big Mac was also hitting coach for the Dodgers and was an associate manager for the Padres as well.
Buck Showalter’s 20-year managerial experience in the MLB makes him a viable candidate anywhere. In fact, he’s also the +200 odds on favorite to land the Padres managerial vacancy. Showalter won the Manager of the Year award in 2004 with the Yankees, 2004 with the Rangers, and 2014 with the Orioles. His most recent
Oliver Marmol (15/2 odds) served as the Cardinals’ bench coach under Schildt this season. A former draft pick of St. Louis, he played s and also worked as hitting coach in the minors. Marmol also has managerial experience in the minors as he guided Johnson City and Palm Beach within the Cardinals organization.