STUBBY CLAPP - MANAGER
Former Memphis Redbirds infielder and coaching veteran Stubby Clapp was named the Redbirds' manager prior to the 2017 season.
Clapp's history in Memphis dates back to the early days of the Redbirds, as he played 425 games from 1999-2002 and still holds the franchise's career records for triples (19) and walks (222). He ranks second in runs scored (258) and third in games played, doubles (87), extra-base hits (128) and total hits (418).
He was a member of the Redbirds' first Pacific Coast League championship team in 2000, where he hit three home runs and drove in 11 runs with a .404 on-base percentage during the playoffs. Clapp also recorded the first hit in AutoZone Park history earlier that season, with a single to center field.
Clapp reached the major leagues in 2001 with the Cardinals, where he appeared in 23 games and hit .200 with two doubles. In all, Clapp played over 1,000 minor league games during his career and boasted a .274 lifetime batting average with 55 triples, 115 stolen bases and played six different positions.
Prior to returning to Memphis, Clapp spent four seasons as a hitting coach in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, including the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Clapp began his coaching career in 2007 in the Houston Astros system, and he managed at the short-season level in 2011 and 2012 with the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League.
With Tri-City, Clapp put together an 84-67 record and reached the league finals in 2012.
Clapp also has extensive international playing and coaching experience representing his native Canada, as he played in the 1999 Pan American Games (bronze medal), the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
He won two gold medals and one bronze medal as a coach for Team Canada in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, the 2011 Pan American Games, the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the 2015 Pan American Games.
Clapp and his wife, Chastity, have two sons, Cooper and Cannan, and a daughter, Crosby.
The Clapp File
Name: Richard Keith "Stubby" Clapp
Born: February 24, 1973, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Family: wife Chastity; sons Cooper, Cannan; daughter Crosby
Drafted: 1996 36th round, St. Louis Cardinals (Texas Tech University)
Professional Playing Career:
1996: Johnson City Cardinals (R-STL)
1997: Prince William Cannons (ADV A-STL)
1998: Arkansas Travelers (AA-STL)
1999-2001: Memphis Redbirds (AAA-STL)
2001: St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
2002: Memphis Redbirds (AAA-STL)
2003: Richmond Braves (AAA-ATL)
2004: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA-TOR), Syracuse SkyChiefs (AAA-TOR)
2005-06: Edmonton Cracker-Cats (IND)
International Playing Career:
1999: Team Canada (Pan American Games) -- bronze medal
2004: Team Canada (Athens Olympics)
2008: Team Canada (Beijing Olympics)
2009: Team Canada (World Baseball Classic)
2007: hitting coach, Greeneville Astros (R-HOU)
2008: hitting coach, Lexington Legends (A-HOU)
2009: hitting coach, Greeneville Astros (R-HOU)
2010: hitting coach, Lexington Legends (A-HOU)
2011-12: manager, Tri-City ValleyCats (SS-A HOU)
2013-14: hitting coach, Dunedin Blue Jays (ADV A-TOR)
2015-16: hitting coach, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA-TOR)
2017-present: manager, Memphis Redbirds (AAA-STL)
International Coaching Career:
2011: Team Canada (Baseball World Cup) -- bronze medal, Team Canada (Pan American Games) -- gold medal
2013: Team Canada (World Baseball Classic)
2015: Team Canada (Pan American Games) -- gold medal
BRYAN EVERSGERD - PITCHING COACH
Bryan Eversgerd returns to the Redbirds for his fifth season as pitching coach in 2017 and begins his 15th overall season in the Cardinals organization.
Before arriving in Memphis in 2013, he spent four of the previous five seasons in the same capacity for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals (2008-09, '11-12) that culminated with a Texas League championship and George Kissell Award in 2012.
Eversgerd's inaugural coaching season was in 2001 as pitching coach for the Cardinals' Advanced-A Potomac affiliate. After being out of baseball for two years, he resumed as pitching coach for the Midwest League Low-A affiliate in Peoria (2004) and Quad Cities (2005-07) prior to joining Springfield's staff.
Eversgerd coached four seasons over two stints with Springfield (2008-09, '11-12) that culminated with a Texas League championship in his final season. He spent the 2010 campaign with Advanced-A Palm Beach in the Florida State League.
After attending Kaskaskia Community College (Ill.), the left-hander was originally signed by St. Louis as a non-drafted free agent during a June tryout camp at Busch Stadium in 1989 and enjoyed a 12-year professional pitching career.
He pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his Major League debut for St. Louis on April 30, 1994 and picked up his first big league win in his only major league start on May 20, 1994 at Florida.
Eversgerd pitched three seasons with the Redbirds during 1998-2000 seasons (12-15, 3.27 ERA, 148 SO) and ranks 3rd in Redbirds' history with 156 relief appearances.
The left-hander led the Redbirds in appearances in 1998 and 1999 season, including finishing 2nd in the circuit in games (59) and baserunners, per nine innings (10.09) in 1999.
Eversgerd hurled 7 2/3 scoreless innings while picking up two playoff victories for the 2000 PCL champion Redbirds, which included the winning decision during Albert Pujols' championship-clinching walk-off home run in extra innings of game 4.
Eversgerd graduated from Carlyle (Ill.) High School where he was named team MVP and All-Conference as a senior in 1987. He resides in Hoffman, Ill. with wife Lisa, and their two children, daughter Kristen and son Jacob.
MARK BUDASKA - HITTING COACH
Mark Budaska begins his 10th season as the Redbirds hitting coach in 2017. Before Memphis, he spent six years working in the Boston Red Sox system, including the 2004-07 campaigns with Triple-A Pawtucket.
During his tenure in Memphis, Budaska has tutored Cardinals batters Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Jon Jay, David Freese, Randal Grichuk, Daniel Descalso, Matt Adams, Stephen Piscotty, and Tommy Pham before moving on to St. Louis.
Budaska spent three offseasons from 2010-12 as the hitting and outfield coach for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Prior to his time with the PawSox, Budaska spent two years with Double-A Portland. In 2001, the Pennsylvania native enjoyed his most success as a coach, winning the Texas League Championship with the Anaheim Angels' Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers. That year his hitters finished fourth in the league with a .266 team batting average. Budaska served as hitting coach and first base coach for a major league team in Taiwan from 1998-2000.
The former switch-hitting outfielder played for 10 years in the Oakland Athletics organization, including two stints with the big league club in 1978 and 1981. Budaska, who now resides in Hawaii, appeared in 13 games with the A's collecting six hits in the 36 at-bats with three doubles and two RBIs.
He began his professional playing career in 1973 with Lewiston in the Northwest League after signing as an amateur free agent and made his major league debut on June 6, 1979.