Cardinals: Ranking bench coach replacements for St. Louis

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 8: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges the crowd after pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game at Tropicana Field on June 8, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 8: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges the crowd after pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game at Tropicana Field on June 8, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /
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Cardinals first base coach Stubby Clapp
Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with Stubby Clapp #82. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

#2 – Stubby Clapp

Speaking of former Triple-A Memphis managers, Stubby Clapp has been the Cardinals first base coach since 2019 and is in line for a promotion within the organization.

Clapp was the manager of the Memphis Redbirds from 2017-2018, leading the club to the Triple-A Championship and earning a promotion to the Major League staff. Many wondered if Clapp would replace Mike Schildt as manager, but ended up missing out to Marmol.

Clapp is a clubhouse favorite and is the only player to have his number retired by the Memphis Redbirds. He checks every box that a club would want in a bench coach role and is surely being considered for the role at the moment.

Outside of a creative promotion like Ben Johnson, the only thing that could get in the way of Clapp getting the role with St. Louis would be if another former player threw his hat in the ring, which is why Clapp is number two on this list.

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