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Kevin Cash will lead Tampa Bay Rays
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Cash, bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians, was one of three finalists for the job, along with longtime big leaguer Raul Ibanez and former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.
"We are proud to introduce Kevin as our manager," said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg. "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."
"Kevin is passionate, genuine and dedicated, and those attributes will resonate throughout our clubhouse," said President, Baseball Operations Matt Silverman. "As a catcher, a scout and a coach, he has always been a student of the game, and his communication and tireless work will put our club in a position to win, night in and night out."
Cash is the first former Rays player to be named the club's manager and joins former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen as the only former Rays to manage at the major league level, the official announcement said. He's also the sixth Tampa native manager in MLB history, and this weekend when he turns 37, he'll be the youngest manager in the MLB.
THIS JUST IN: Rays hire Kevin Cash as next manager. He spent last two seasons as bullpen coach for Indians. (via ESPN & media reports)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 5, 2014
Pam Huff is Director of News Operations for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
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