Stubby Clapp Odds on Favorite to be Next Cardinals Manager

  • 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:

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

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

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.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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