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Kevin Cash #16

PERSONAL

Kevin and his family volunteer at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg…12-year-old Camden, the oldest daughter of Kevin and his wife, Emily, had open-heart surgery at the same hospital in 2007, when she was only 17 months old…she serves as a youth spokesperson for the American Heart Association…the couple has two other children: daughter Ella (11) and son J.D. (6) ... After enduring years of pranks from his former manager and boss, Indians Manager Terry Francona, Cash finally got his revenge last September in Cleveland…during Rays batting practice, he parked Tito's scooter on the field at shortstop, and the scooter sustained damage from a C.J. Cron line drive ... Kevin is the only current major league manager to have played in the Little League World Series and one of five to play in the College World Series (Florida State), joining BOS Alex Cora (Miami, 1996), CLE Terry Francona (Arizona, 1980), OAK Bob Melvin (Cal, 1980) and DET Ron Gardenhire (Texas, 1979) ... Grew up in Tampa and was a member of the Tampa Northside Little League team that advanced to the 1989 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. …he was one of three 11-year-olds on a team of 12-year-olds…Kevin's Northside team was later invited to play in the first "game" ever played at Tropicana Field (then the Florida Suncoast Dome)…the youngsters played a Wiffle ball contest as part of the dome's opening ceremonies in February 1990…his father, Mike, was an original Rays season ticket holder ... In 2012, he was a major league advance scout for the Blue Jays.

MANAGING AND COACHING CAREER

Last Oct 9, Kevin agreed to a contract extension through the 2024 season with a club option for 2025…named the fifth manager in Rays history on Dec 5, 2014, and is already the 2nd-longest tenured behind Joe Maddon (2006-14)…would pass Maddon in tenure on Opening Day 2024 ... Finished third in the BBWAA's 2018 AL Manager of the Year voting, behind OAK Bob Melvin and BOS Alex Cora…appeared on 25 of 30 ballots and received five first-place votes ... Under Cash's direction, the 2018 Rays went 90-72, their best record since 2013 and most wins of any team missing the postseason…they went 41-25 after the All-Star break (3rd in the AL) and 19-9 in September (2nd in the AL)… they went 30-28 against the five AL postseason clubs, including 21-11 from June 22 through season's end ... Had two members of his coaching staff hired away as major league managers last Oct 25: bench coach Charlie Montoyo (Blue Jays) and major league field coordinator Rocco Baldelli (Twins)…Cash became the first manager to lose two members of his coaching staff to big league managing jobs in one offseason since FLA Jim Leyland…after winning the 1997 World Series, the Marlins lost pitching coach Larry Rothschild (inaugural Devil Rays) and bench coach Jerry Manuel (White Sox) ... Selected to the AL coaching staff for each of the past two All-Star games, by HOU A.J. Hinch in 2018 (Washington) and CLE Terry Francona in 2017 (Miami)…prior to Cash, the only managers to represent the Rays at the All-Star Game were Joe Maddon in 2009 (St. Louis) and Larry Rothschild in 2000 (Atlanta) ... Spent the last four seasons as the majors' youngest manager until Baldelli was hired by the Twins…was hired the day before his 37th birthday, and became the youngest manager since A.J. Hinch piloted the 2009 Diamondbacks at the age of 34 ... Is the sixth Tampa-born manager in major league history, and second to manage the Rays… that list includes Hall of Famers Al Lopez and Tony La Russa, Lou Piniella (for whom Cash played in 2005), Dave Miley and John Hart ... Is the second Florida State University alumnus to manage the Rays, joining the franchise's first manager, Larry Rothschild ... With his next ejection, will tie Lou Piniella (eight) for 3rd-most in Rays history…only Joe Maddon (37) and Larry Rothschild (15) have more ... For two seasons (2013-14) before joining the Rays, served as the bullpen coach for the Indians under Terry Francona, whom he played for in Boston (2007-08, 2010)…in his two seasons there, with Cash and pitching coach Mickey Callaway in place, Indians pitchers posted the AL's 4th-best ERA at 3.69, just behind the Rays (3.65)…Indians pitchers also led the majors in strikeouts those two seasons and fanned a then-major-league-record 1,450 batters in 2014…Cash and Callaway were credited with assisting in improvements made by two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jiménez ... Finished his playing career in the Rangers organization in 2011 after playing the season with Triple-A Round Rock…after the minor league season, he served as an advance scout for the major league team for the rest of 2011 and was at Tropicana Field the night Evan Longoria hit his walk-off homer in "Game 162" to send the Rays to the ALDS vs. TEX.

PLAYING CAREER

Played professionally for 12 seasons with six organizations from 2000-11, including parts of eight seasons in the major leagues with five different teams from 2002-10…played all but 20 games in his career with AL East teams… played for four of the five teams in the division… appeared in 241 games (189 starts), all at catcher ... Caught two seasons in the Rays organization, including 13 games with the major league club in 2005…became the second former Devil Rays/ Rays player to manage in the major leagues, joining Ozzie Guillén (White Sox/Marlins)… since then, Mickey Callaway (Mets), Gabe Kapler (Phillies), Dave Martinez (Nationals) and Rocco Baldelli (Twins) have joined this group ... Threw out 26.7 pct. (43 of 161) of attempted base stealers in his career…the major league average during his career was 24.4 pct ... Started for the U.S. team in the Futures Game in Milwaukee in 2002 and later that year was a September call up by the Blue Jays ... Delivered his first major league hit on Sep 11, 2002 at CLE, a single off Dave Burba…his first home run came the next season on Sep 27 vs. CLE off Terry Mulholland ... Was in the Opening Day lineup for the Blue Jays in 2004 and started a career-high 50 games… was the Jays regular catcher until mid-May, when he went on the disabled list with a rib injury…returned in June and served as a backup to Gregg Zaun the rest of the season…threw out 42.4 pct. (14 of 33) of attempted base stealers, 4th-best among major league catchers (min. 50 starts). ®Acquired by the Devil Rays from the Blue Jays for Chad Gaudin at the 2004 Winter Meetings in Anaheim…was up with the Devil Rays in 2005 for 39 days (June 13-July 22) replacing veteran Charles Johnson, who was released…homered in his first at-bat as a Ray, and remains one of 14 who have done that…it came on June 15 vs. MIL off Victor Santos…in that same game, he caught Hideo Nomo's 200th career win, automatically qualifying Nomo for Meikyukai, one of Japan's two baseball halls of fame…of his 5 hits as a Ray, two were home runs…Cash's only other homer as a Devil Ray came off Hall of Famer Randy Johnson on June 21 at NYY in a 20-11 loss ... Was on the 40-man roster for former Rays Manager Joe Maddon's first spring training camp in 2006, but spent the entire season at Triple-A Durham and never played for Joe… signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox after the season ... Received World Series rings from the 2007 Red Sox and 2009 Yankees…joined the Red Sox for the last six weeks of the 2007 season when catcher Doug Mirabelli went on the disabled list…was on the Red Sox ALDS postseason roster, but didn't play ... Started 42 games for the Red Sox in 2008, including all 30 of Tim Wakefield's starts…homered in Game 4 of the ALCS vs. the Rays at Fenway Park off Andy Sonnanstine…was in the visitors' dugout at Tropicana Field when the Rays clinched the AL pennant with a 3-1 win in Game 7…was up with the Yankees for two weeks in 2009 (May 12-27) and appeared in 10 games while Jorge Posada was on the disabled list ... In his last major league season in 2010, he was traded from the Astros back to the Red Sox on July 1 when catchers Jason Varitek and Victor Martinez went on the disabled list…in the final start of his career on Oct 2 vs. NYY, he played a key role in a Red Sox win that helped propel the eventual AL East champion Rays into a first-place tie with the Yankees with a game to play… his bases-loaded walk in the 8th inning tied the game that was eventually won, 7-6, by the Red Sox…while with the Astros, he pitched one inning on May 28 at CIN in a 15-6 loss ... Hit his last major league home run on June 13, 2010 at NYY for the Astros…it came off Phil Hughes, who made the All-Star Team that season and won 18 games.

AMATEUR CAREER

Played infield in high school and college…played three seasons at Florida State University…his junior year (1999), hit .317/.430/.536 (80-for-252) with 14 HR and 58 RBI, earning second team All-ACC honors…named Most Valuable Player of the Tallahassee Regional in the 1999 College World Series ... Kevin, his father, Mike, and his late uncle, Ron, all played in the College World Series; Ron with Florida State in 1970 and Mike with Georgia Southern in 1973…all three were infielders… Mike was drafted in the 27th round by the Giants in 1974 and played five seasons in the Giants and Phillies chains…in 1976 with Fresno in the Class-A California League, he had 22 HR and 102 RBI…only one other player in the Giants organization hit more home runs that season: Bobby Murcer hit 23 with the big league club… Ron played two seasons in the majors with the Tigers (1973-74) and hit .297 in 34 career games ... At FSU, he played in the first-ever Devil Rays game, a spring exhibition at Al Lang Field on Feb 26, 1998…Cash played first base for FSU and went 0-for-2 in the Devil Rays 6-3 win ... Undrafted out of FSU in 1999…he spent that summer with the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League, where he was named the team's Most Valuable Player…that summer he went to Manager Jeff Trundy and volunteered to move from infielder to catcher after illness and injury sidelined the team's two catchers… Kevin threw out two baserunners in his first inning behind the plate, and the position switch stuck ... On Aug 7, 1999-the same day Wade Boggs delivered his 3,000th career hit at Tropicana Field-he signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Blue Jays…he then worked with Ernie Whitt to develop his craft behind the plate ... Graduated from Gaither High School in North Tampa, where he was All-State in 1996 under coach Frank Permuy, who retired in 2014 after 31 years at the school…was cut from the school's fall team his sophomore season.