St. Petersburg, FL -- Spring Training is 3 weeks away for the Rays, but they're already going through informal workouts at Tropicana Field.
The Trop was configured for a different event over the weekend. The Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame inducted the 2015 class of members, including pitchers Denny McLain and Jim Kaat, hitters Tim Raines, Jim Thome, the late Thurman Munson, and Gene "Stick" Michael.
The banquet and induction were hosted by Rays' starting pitcher Alex Cobb. He spoke with 10 News Sports Anchor Dave Wirth before the event, and said it's been a revelation to see new manager Kevin Cash pitching batting practice and getting up close and personal with his new players.
"He's (Kevin Cash) been down in the ditches, getting his hands dirty and it's great to see that," Cobb told 10 Sports. "Not that there's anything wrong with Joe, but this is something new. ... We haven't seen a manager out there working with players, getting to know them on a personal level, and it's something different, it's a different angle, and it's awesome."
Rays pitchers and catchers begin workouts in Port Charlotte Feb. 23.
The annual Rays FanFest is Saturday, Feb. 21 at Tropicana Field.