Tampa Bay Rays hire Kevin Cash as new manager
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.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) December 5, 2014
The two other finalists were Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez, who had withdrawn his candidacy earlier in the week.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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