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Stubby Clapp has played for Team Canada in numerous events. Prior to baseball, he spent some time as a drug and alcohol counsellor.

Clapp was on the only Canadian team (through 2007) to win a World Junior Championship; he was on the club that won the 1991 event. The 1991 Canadian National Junior Team was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame the next year.

Clapp hit .222/.364/.222 as Canada's utility man in the 1994 Baseball World Cup. In the 1999 Pan American Games, Clapp hit .348 to help Canada claim the Bronze Medal and the best record in the competition.

Stubby got his only taste of the major leagues in 2001, when he played 23 games for the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .200 in 25 at-bats, with 1 RBI.

He represented Canada at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. In the 2006 Americas Qualifier for the 2008 Olympics, Clapp hit .270/.400/.351 and stole two bases for Team Canada. Canada failed to earn an Olympic berth but they did get a spot in the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. In the latter event, they earned a spot in the Summer Games. Clapp hit .364/.517/.500 with 6 walks and 6 runs in seven games at second base. He made numerous big plays in the tournament. Against Taiwan, he came to bat with two out in the 9th and a 5-4 deficit. Facing closer Chia-Jen Lo, Clapp beat out an infield hit by diving into first base. He scored the tying run on a Mike Saunders single, forcing extra innings; Canada went on to win, 6-5. He reached against Hyun-jin Ryu in the first inning against South Korea and scored on a Matt Rogelstad homer in a 4-3 victory. Those were two big wins as Taiwan and South Korea also moved on to the Olympics. In their final game, against Germany, Clapp drew a leadoff 10th-inning walk from Dirk Fries. After the bases were loaded with one out, Ryan Radmanovich grounded to Donald Lutz, who threw home. Clapp slid hard into home to prevent Simon Gühring from turning a double play; the move helped Canada win the game but Clapp was injured on the play.

Clapp was the hitting coach for the Greeneville Astros in 2007 and the Lexington Legends in 2008. He returned to Greeneville in 2009 and Lexington in 2010. He was named the new manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League in December 2010. Outside of the short season in the New York-Penn League, he will be an outfield coordinator for the Astros organization, helping all the new draftees slip into the role of full-time baseball player. [1]

It was originally reported that the Houston Astros forbade Clapp permission to play in the 2008 Olympics; in May, the Astros said Clapp would be allowed to play. Clapp hit .286/.323/.429 with 5 runs in 7 games in Beijing, outperforming many of Canada's younger players. He made one error while playing every game at second base.

Clapp announced he would make his final appearance for Team Canada at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He did not get much playing time as he was only brought in as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of Canada's game against Italy on March 9th at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. He flied out to center field. He also played second base in the game's final inning; he was given a rousing ovation by the crowd at Rogers Centre. [2]

In 2013, Clapp was appointed hitting coach of the Dunedin Blue Jays in the Class A Florida State League. That year, he was also a coach for Team Canada at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Clapp was also a coach for Dunedin in 2014.

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"Stubby" is a family nickname; he is the third generation to be called "Stubby". His son Cooper is also known as "Stubby". He is also known to perform backflips on occasion while on field, as a tribute to Ozzie Smith. [3] There is a Stubby Clapp bobblehead on display at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, depicting him in a Memphis Redbirds uniform (the Triple A affiliate of the Cardinals). [4]

[edit] Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2011 Tri-City ValleyCats New York-Penn League 33-42 11th Houston Astros
2012 Tri-City ValleyCats New York-Penn League 51-25 2nd Houston Astros Lost League Finals

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  • -Interview given to the Fan590 on December 9, 2010.

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