Kevin Cash, Manager, Tampa Bay Rays
Date of Birth: 12/6/1977
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida
College: Florida State University
Kevin Cash, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, was a part-time catcher in the major leagues for eight seasons. He started his playing career in 2002 with the Toronto Blue Jays. After three seasons with the Blue Jays, he joined the Rays in 2005. He lasted just a year with the Rays and then spent two seasons (2006, 2007) primarily in the minor leagues.
From 2007 through 2010, Cash played for three teams - the Boston Red Sox from 2007 through 2008, the New York Yankees in 2009, and the Houston Astros and the Red Sox again in 2010. He never played more than 61 games in any one season and for most seasons, he played in 7 to 49 games. He finished his major league playing career with 117 hits and a .183 batting average in 246 games. Defensively, as a catcher, he had better numbers - 128 assists, 1,249 putouts, 10 errors, .281 caught stealing percentage, and a .993 fielding percentage.
In 2011, Cash played his last season of professional baseball in the minor leagues. The following year, he was a scout for the Blue Jays. From 2013 through the 2014 season, he was the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians.
On December 5, 2014, Cash was hired to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Rays. In his first year as manager, he led the Rays to a fourth place finish in the American League East division with a record of 80 wins to 82 losses.
The Rays and Cash fared poorly in 2016, finishing in fifth place in the AL East division. They had a 68-94 record.