Rosenthal: Cash To Be Named Manager
After a lengthy search process, the Rays have hired Kevin Cash as the club’s next manager according to Ken Rosenthal. The former major-league catcher has spent his post-playing days as an advance scout (Toronto) and most recently as bullpen coach for Cleveland. He is a product of Gaither High School (Tampa) and Florida State University.
As a player, Cash took an unconventional route to the big leagues. He went undrafted as an infielder out of FSU but caught the attention of Toronto in the Cape Cod summer league. He began the transition to catcher immediately and was fast-tracked to the top level soon after. He spent parts of eight seasons in the majors as a backup catcher including a stint with the (Devil) Rays.
Cash has no managerial experience but the Rays (obviously) and those around him feel that will not be an issue. He draws rave reviews for his baseball intelligence as well as his communication skills and ability to form relationships with those around him. Tampa Bay also retained Joe Maddon’s veteran staff which should aide Cash as he learns the nuances of the position.
In terms of talent evaluation, Cash has been credited with the turn around of several pitchers including Scott Kazmir and was said to be instrumental in Cleveland’s acquisition of All-Star catcher Yan Gomes, who Cash was familiar with from his days with the Blue Jays.