Wakamatsu to remain Royals' bench coach

Member of Kansas City staff was a finalist to become Rays' new manager

Wakamatsu to remain Royals' bench coach

While supportive of Don Wakamatsu's pursuit of another managerial job, the Royals learned on Friday that they will be retaining their bench coach for 2015.

Last month, Wakamatsu was named one of three finalists to replace Joe Maddon as the Rays' next manager. He then became one of two remaining candidates for the post after Raul Ibanez withdrew his name from consideration due to family concerns. Ultimately, however, Tampa Bay decided to give Kevin Cash, most recently the Indians' bullpen coach, his first managerial gig, sources tell MLB.com. The Rays have not confirmed the hiring of Cash.

Royals manager Ned Yost named Wakamatsu to his coaching staff after the 2013 season and then worked with Wakamatsu to help lead Kansas City to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. Wakamatsu, 51, first gleaned managerial experience in the Minors, serving as manager of four different affiliates from 1997-2000. He later managed the Mariners for parts of two seasons, becoming the first Asian-American manager in the Majors.

Wakamatsu also previously served as a bench coach for the Rangers (2003-06), A's (2008) and Blue Jays (2011-12).

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.