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Kevin Cash Announced as New Rays Manager

Tampa Bay Rays

Five weeks after the departure of Joe Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays have announced the hiring of Kevin Cash to be their next manager.

Cash, 36, is a former major league catcher and had a nine year career that included a stop with the Rays in 2005.

In 2012, Cash retired and joined Terry Francona's staff as the bullpen coach of the Cleveland Indians.

Cash, a Tampa Bay area native and Gaither high school graduate, was chosen over Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu.

"Kevin is passionate, genuine and dedicated, and those attributes will resonate throughout our clubhouse," Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said about the hiring of Cash. 

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