Kevin Cash named new Rays manager
On the day before his 37th birthday, Kevin Cash was named the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays confirmed the deal on Friday afternoon.
"We are proud to introduce Kevin as our manager," Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a press release. "His energy and dynamic personality will fit seamlessly with our clubhouse. We are fortunate to have such a talented individual, and Tampa Bay native, to lead our club as we strive to achieve new heights as a team and organization."
Rays outfielder Wil Myers was among the first to welcome Cash to the team:
Cash will be the youngest active manager in the majors. He had an eight-year career in the majors as a catcher, including a brief stint with the then-Devil Rays in 2005. After retiring in 2012, he served as bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians for two seasons.
Prior to joining the Indians, he spent the 2012 season as a major league advance scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Tampa native played in the 1989 Little League World Series for Tampa Northside, graduated from Gaither High School in 1997 and played three seasons for Florida State University including a trip to the 1999 College World Series.
After Joe Maddon opted out of his contract following a disappointing 2014 season, the Rays narrowed the field down to eight candidates to replace him.
In recent days the team narrowed the list down even further to three finalists: Cash, Royals coach Don Wakamatsu, and Royals player Raul Ibanez. Ibanez withdrew his name from consideration on Thursday.
Cash becomes the fifth manager in franchise history.
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