Baseball America names Stubby Clapp top minor league manager

 Baseball America has named long-time national team player and coach, Stubby Clapp, as its Minor League Manager of the Year. Photo Credit: Baseball America

Baseball America has named long-time national team player and coach, Stubby Clapp, as its Minor League Manager of the Year. Photo Credit: Baseball America

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- A year after taking the helm of the Memphis Redbirds triple-A club and leading them to a Pacific Coast League championship, Stubby Clapp has been named Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America.

The 44-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., has already been named PCL Manager of the Year and becomes the first member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization and the first Canadian to ever win the prestigious award.

After a 400-game plus playing career (1999-2002) that included his jersey being retired by the club, Clapp took the Redbirds managerial position prior to the 2017 season and led the squad to a 91-51 record.

Regular season supremacy wasn’t enough for Clapp and the Redbirds as they won six playoff contests, strengthened by performances by Maple Ridge, B.C., native Tyler O’Neill (four home runs in 11 games), to win the PCL championship.

Clapp joins a list of minor league managers to win the award that includes the likes of current big league managers Buck Showalter (Baltimore) and Terry Francona (Cleveland).

Clapp had a storied international baseball playing career as a member of Team Canada winning a 1991 World Youth Championships (U-18) gold medal before representing Canada at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games and the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics. He joined the Team Canada coaching ranks in 2011 helping Canada to a bronze medal at the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup and a gold at the Pan Am Games. In 2013, he was a member of the coaching staff at the World Baseball Classic and in 2015 was coaching third base when Canada won gold at the Pan Am games in Ajax, Ont.

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.