The Cardinals made a number of coaching changes to get their last offseason started. Now, they’ve gotten this offseason started similarly. Though they haven’t made as many changes, the Redbirds have hired Jeff Albert and Stubby Clapp to round out their 2019 coaching staff.
Albert and Clapp will join Mike Shildt, bench coach Oliver Marmol, third base coach Ron “Pop” Warner, pitching coach Mike Maddux, assistant hitting coach Mark Budaska, bullpen coach Bryan Eversgerd and assistant coach Willie McGee on the St. Louis coaching staff.
Albert will be the newcomer on the Cardinals big league staff. He spent last year as the assistant hitting coach for the AL West Champion Houston Astros.
The Cardinals are bringing him on as their new hitting coach, after they fired John Mabry during this past season. He has been a hitting coach in the Cardinals organization in the past, spending five seasons between Class A Batavia and Palm Beach.
Stubby Clapp managed the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds for the past two seasons. In both seasons the Redbirds have won the Pacific Coast League Championship and have combined for a .619 winning percentage.
Clapp will now serve as the Cardinals first base coach. This won’t be his first trip to the big leagues. Back in 2001, he appeared in 23 games for St. Louis as a player. This will be his first chance to coach at the Major League level though.
Mozeliak and company were actually ready to hire Clapp a few weeks ago, but they wanted to give him time to explore other potential jobs. He was rumored to be in consideration for the Toronto and Texas managerial positions, but ultimately he decided to remain in the Cardinals organization.
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