Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS - — Rob Longley

at­lanta — af­ter a full sea­son as a bigleague coach, Stubby clapp is bullish on what he sees with the St. Louis car­di­nals.

In fact, the cana­dian base­ball leg­end leaves you with the im­pres­sion the team is not only one on the rise, but a group that is ca­pa­ble of do­ing some se­ri­ous dam­age this fall.

“Per­sis­tence and prepa­ra­tion and ex­e­cu­tion, that’s the story of the year with these guys,” clapp sad. “there’s been a con­sis­tency in try­ing to get bet­ter ev­ery day. these guys have de­vel­oped some re­siliency. It’s a lot of fun to watch. It’s a lot of fun to lis­ten to them.”

clapp has been able to tap into his time as man­ager of the cards’ triple-a af­fil­i­ate in Mem­phis to es­tab­lish him­self in the bigs. “It’s huge in re­la­tion­ships,” clapp said. “a lot of these guys I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to grow up with in those cou­ple of years in Mem­phis so un­der­stand­ing their at­ti­tudes and how they think helped me in my first year in the big leagues in how to ap­proach them and how to talk shop with them. re­la­tion­ships that I’ve al­ready built def­i­nitely makes it a lot eas­ier.”


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