PERSONAL: Kevin and his family volunteer at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg…13-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 (12) and son J.D (7).... 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 CHC David Ross (Florida, 1998; Auburn, 1997), 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.
MANAGING & COACHING CAREER: Under Cash's direction, the 2019 Rays clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 2013…
it was his first postseason as a manager…steered them to a 96-66 record, tied for 2nd in club history…it was their second consecutive season of 90-plus wins…over the past four seasons, the Rays have improved from 68 wins to 80 to 90 to 96....Used a club-record 57 players, tied with the 2015 Rangers for 2nd-most in baseball history for a postseason club, behind the 2018 Braves (58)…used a club-record 33 pitchers and made 603 pitching changes…survived 30 injured list stints by 24 different players…only three players remained on the active roster for the entirety of the season: Charlie Morton, Tommy Pham and Willy Adames....At age 41, was the youngest AL East manager to lead his team to the postseason since 1995, when NYY Buck Showalter (age 39) and BOS Kevin Kennedy (age 41) both did it…was the 3rd-youngest manager/head coach among the three major franchises in Tampa Bay sports history to reach the postseason…Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVIII (2002-03) at age 39, and Lightning head coach Guy Boucher advanced to the 2011 NHL Eastern Conference Finals at age 39…he was also the first manager/head coach native to the Tampa Bay area to lead one of these three franchises to the postseason....For the second consecutive season, finished 3rd in the BBWAA's AL Manager of the Year
voting…finished behind MIN Rocco Baldelli and NYY Aaron Boone in 2019 and OAK Bob Melvin and BOS Alex Cora in 2018. With the retirements of SF Bruce Bochy and KC Ned Yost along with the departures of PIT Clint Hurdle, CHC Joe Maddon and HOU AJ Hinch, Cash is now baseball's 3rd-longest tenured manager with his current team. Has been ejected nine times as Rays manager, tied with Lou Piniella for 3rd in club history behind Joe Maddon (37) and Larry Rothschild (15)....On Oct 9, 2018, 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....Three other current managers are former members of his coaching staff: Derek Shelton (Pirates), Charlie Montoyo (Blue Jays) and Rocco Baldelli (Twins)…Montoyo and Baldelli were both hired away on Oct 25, 2018…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....Twice was selected to the AL coaching staff for the All-Star Game (2018, 2017)…prior to Cash, the only managers to represent the Rays at the All-Star Game were Joe Maddon in 2009 and Larry Rothschild in 2000....Spent the 2015-18 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 AJ 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....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-majorleague-record 1,450 batters in 2014....Finished his playing career with Triple-A Round Rock in the Rangers organization in 2011… 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....In 2012, he was a major league advance scout for the Blue Jays.
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....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....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/Giants), Dave Martinez (Nationals) and Rocco Baldelli (Twins) have joined this group....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 injured 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 injured list…was on the Red Sox ALDS postseason roster, but did not 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 injured 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 injured 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.
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.