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Pirates to Reportedly Interview Rival Cardinals Coach Stubby Clapp for Manager Job

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 03:  Harrison Bader #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by first base coach Stubby Clapp #11 after hitting an infield single against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning in game one of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There's much more to Stubby Clapp than his incredibly impressive name-- although St. Louis Cardinals fans will admit that it's one heck of a name.

The incumbent first base coach for the Redbirds, Clapp is reportedly set to interview with the NL Central rival Pittsburgh Pirates for their managerial opening.

The Buccos recently fired longtime skipper Clint Hurdle after a nine-year stretch that included the team's first playoff appearance since 1992, but also a long string of mediocre seasons that saw Pittsburgh finish near the bottom of the division with consistency.

Clapp played in the minor leagues for 11 years, earning a cup of coffee with the Cardinals in 2001 and appearing in 23 games.

He also represented Canada as both a player and coach at multiple international competitions, including the Pan American Games, the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic. Now, he has a realistic shot at becoming an MLB manager.