As a 12-year old, Kevin Cash played second base for the Northside Little League from Tampa, Fla., that played in the 1989 Little League Baseball® World Series. Fast forward 25 years later, Mr. Cash is heading back to his hometown, as he has been named the new Manager of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays.
Mr. Cash joins “Legendary” Lloyd McClendon, Manager of the Seattle Mariners, as the second World Series alum to manage in Major Leagues for the 2015 season. The two will face off for the first time as managers on May 25, as the Mariners travel to the Rays.
During his Little League® years, Mr. Cash played second base and was a starter on the South Region Champions that won the 1989 regional championship in St. Petersburg, Fla. In three World Series games on Howard J. Lamade Stadium, Mr. Cash’s team finished with a 2-1 record. In three games started at second base, he went 2-for-7 with a double and two runs scored.
That year was a major year in Little League history, as Little League celebrated its 50th Anniversary and launched the Little League Challenger Division®. The 1989 Little League Little League Baseball World Series also featured future National Hockey League star and Little League International Board of Directors Member, Chris Drury, who was the winning pitcher of the World Series Championship Game. And Carl Yastrzemski became the first Little League graduate to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“We congratulate Kevin on his recent hiring,” said Stephen D. Keener President and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball. “We have followed Kevin’s career for many years, including his time in the Major Leagues, and wish him much success in his role as Rays’ Manager.”
Attending Gaither High School in Tampa, and later Florida State University, Mr. Cash, 37, the youngest manager in MLB, competed in the in 1999 College World Series. He played 12 professional seasons, including stints in the big leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay. He earned two World Series rings with the 2007 Red Sox and 2009 Yankees.
Mr. Cash retired after playing the 2011 season with the Triple-A Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers affiliate). In 2012, he rejoined Toronto as an advance scout; and the last two year he was a bench coach on the Cleveland Indians’ staff, helping Manager Terry Francona with pre-game planning and other duties.
For his first managerial duty, Mr. Cash replaces Joe Maddon, a fellow Little League graduate, who is now managing the Chicago Cubs.