Tampa Bay Rays hire Kevin Cash as new manager

  • David Whitlock

After vetting an extensive list of what was more than 10 candidates at one point, the Tampa Bay Rays have tapped their new manager.  The club announced via Twitter that Kevin Cash will take the reigns.

The two other finalists were Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez, who had withdrawn his candidacy earlier in the week.  This is Cash’s first managing gig at the age of 37.  He played eight years in the league with the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros.  Cash comes to Tampa after two seasons as the Cleveland Indians bullpen coach under manager Terry Francona.

The Rays managerial vacancy was created by the sudden departure of Joe Maddon who opted out of his contract for an opportunity with the Chicago Cubs.  The Rays have been competitive the last decade, despite having to keep a modest payroll.  A trend that is likely to continue unless the team builds a new revenue-generating stadium or relocates.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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