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This past winter, he and his wife, Emily, hosted holiday events at Thanksgiving and Christmas for the patients and families at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg...the couple's oldest daughter, 9-year-old Camden, had open-heart surgery at the same hospital in 2007, when she was only 17 months old...the couple has two other children: daughter Ella (8) and son J.D. (3)…In January, Kevin also spoke to a group of fathers with children in the All Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit about his own experiences there with Camden…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, joining CLE Terry Francona (Arizona, 1980), CWS Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State, 1986-87), OAK Bob Melvin (Cal, 1980) and ARI Chip Hale (Arizona, 1986)…The Tampa native 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…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 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 batted .297 in 34 career games…His father, Mike, was also an original Rays season ticket holder…On Aug 7, 1999-the same day Wade Boggs delivered his 3,000th career hit at Tropicana Field-he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Blue Jays...he then worked with Ernie Whitt to develop his craft.


Begins his second season as manager of the Rays...named the fifth manager in Rays history on Dec 5, 2014...turned 37 years old the next day...became the youngest manager in Rays history and remains the youngest major league manager since 2009, when A.J. Hinch piloted the Diamondbacks at the age of 34...he is the youngest to manage in the AL since 35-year-old Eric Wedge with Cleveland in 2003...he is the fourth-youngest current manager/head coach among the four major pro sports (MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA)...see chart below…The Rays 80-82 record in 2015 was 17 games better than they had ever finished under a first-year manager…There were 28 players in the majors in 2015 that were older than times the Rays faced a starting pitcher who had previously started a game with Cash behind the plate between 2005-10, and the Rays went 6-1 in those games against Scott Kazmir (2-0), Bartolo Colon (1-0), Justin Masterson (1-1) and Clay Buchholz (2-0)…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…An eight-year major league veteran, he caught two seasons in the Rays organization, including 13 games with the major league club in the second former Devil Rays/Rays player to manage in the major leagues, joining Ozzie Guillen (White Sox and Marlins)…For two seasons before joining the Rays (2013-14) served as the bullpen coach for the Indians under Terry Francona, whom he played for in Boston (2007-08, 2010) his two seasons with Cleveland (2013-14), 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 at 3.65...Indians pitchers also led the majors in strikeouts those two seasons and fanned a major-league-record 1,450 batters in 2014...Cash and Callaway were credited with assisting in improvements made by 2014 AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez…Finished his playing career in 2011 after playing the season with Triple-A Round Rock (Rangers)...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 the final game of the season to send the Rays to the ALDS vs. Texas…In 2012, he was a major league advance scout for the Blue Jays.

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