Clapp is said to be drawing interest from several MLB teams

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As Jays executives cycle in and out of Arizona to keep tabs on Vladdy and the lads, wonder how much attention will be given to the manager of the Surprise team?

That would be none other than Canadian Stubby Clapp, who is rumoured to be in the mix of candidates to replace Gibbons. Those who are familiar with Clapp work in the St. Louis Cardinals organization praise him for being a major influence on the development canada goose discount uk of young talent.

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