The Top 100 coaches most likely to become MLB managers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Stubby Clapp, St. Louis Cardinals, MLB coaching staffs, MLB managers
Jul 3, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) reacts with first base coach Stubby Clapp (82) after hitting an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

79) Stubby Clapp

Stubby Clapp is entering his fourth season as the first base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Clapp, 48, got to the majors as a player for St. Louis in 2001 but that was the only season among his nine seasons in the minors. He played two more seasons in independent ball before calling it quits after the 2006 season.

He joined the Astros as their Single-A hitting coach right after retiring and served in that role through 2009. For the 2010 season, he was promoted to be their hitting coach at Double-A before becoming a manager. He was their manager at Short-Season A for two seasons before he left the Astros to join the Blue Jays.

He was their Single-A hitting coach for a single before becoming their Double-A hitting coach for two seasons before joining the Cardinals for the 2017 season. He was their Triple-A manager for two seasons before he was promoted to their MLB coaching staff. In both seasons in Triple-A, his team won the PCL Championship and in 2018, they won the Triple-A Championship.

The Blue Jays considered Clapp for their managerial opening before hiring Charlie Montoyo before the 2019 season (but unconfirmed if he interview) but the Pirates interviewed him before hiring Derek Shelton before the 2020 season and the Cardinals, at least, considered him before they hired Oliver Marmol for their opening this offseason.