• Was a member of the Tampa Northside Little League team that advanced to the 1989 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania…that team was later invited to play in the first "game" ever played at Tropicana Field (nee Florida Suncoast Dome)…the youngsters played a wiffle ball contest as part of the dome's opening ceremonies.
• Kevin was undrafted out of Florida State University in 1999, after helping lead the Seminoles to the College World Series and earning second-team All-ACC and Tallahassee Regional MVP honors…after the season, he spent the summer with the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League where he was named team MVP…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…in August he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Blue Jays, where he worked with Ernie Whitt to develop his craft.
• Is one of two current managers to play in the Little League World Series, joining Seattle's Lloyd McClendon (1971)…is also one of five to play in the College World Series, joining Cleveland's Terry Francona (Arizona, 1980), the Chicago White Sox's Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State, 1986-87), Oakland's Bob Melvin (Cal, 1980) and Arizona's Chip Hale (Arizona, 1986).
• Signed his first pro contract Aug. 7, 1999 -- the same day Wade Boggs delivered his 3,000th career hit at Tropicana Field.
• 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 RBIs…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.
MANAGING & COACHING CAREER
• Named the fifth manager in Rays history on Dec. 5…turned 37 years old the next day…on Opening Day 2015, he will be 37 years, 120 days old, making him the youngest manager in Rays history and the youngest Major League manager since 2009 when A.J. Hinch piloted the D-backs 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 also the youngest current manager/head coach among the four major pro sports (MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA)…runner-up is Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens (38).
• 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 (who Cash played for in 2005 with the Devil Rays), 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 2005…is the second former Devil Rays/Rays player to manage in the Major Leagues, joining Ozzie Guillen (White Sox and Marlins).
• For the past two seasons (2013-14) served as the bullpen coach for the Indians under Terry Francona, who he played for in Boston, 2007-08 and 2010…in his two seasons with Cleveland (2013-14), with Cash and pitching coach Mickey Callaway in place, Indians pitchers posted the AL's fourth-best ERA at 3.69, just behind the Rays at 3.65…Indians pitchers also led the Majors in strikeouts the past 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.
• Recommended catcher Yan Gomes to the Indians, who acquired him in a trade from Toronto.
• 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 the Blue Jays Major League advance scout.
• 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 43 of 161 attempted base stealers in his career, a success rate of 26.7 percent…the Major League average during his career was 24.4 percent.
• Broke into the Majors with the Blue Jays in 2002 and delivered his first Major League hit on Sept. 11 at CLE, a single off RH Dave Burba…his first home run came the next season on Sept. 27 vs. CLE off LH Terry Mulholland.
• Was the Opening Day starter for Toronto 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 percent (14 of 33) of attempted base stealers, fourth-best among Major League catchers with 50 or more starts.
• Acquired by the Rays from the Blue Jays for RH Chad Gaudin at the 2004 Winter Meetings in Anaheim…was up with the Rays in 2005 for 39 days (June 13-July 22) replacing veteran C Charles Johnson, who was released…homered in his first at-bat as a Ray, one of 10 who have done that…it came on June 15 vs. MIL off RH 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…Cash's only other homer as a Devil Ray came off new Hall of Famer Randy Johnson on June 21 at NYY in a 20-11 loss.
• Was on the 40-man roster for 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.
• Played on World Series championship teams with 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 DL…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 visiting dugout 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 Houston to Boston on July 1 when catchers Jason Varitek and Victor Martinez went on the DL…in the final Major League start of his career on Oct. 2 vs. NYY, he played a key role in a Boston win that helped propel the eventual AL East champion Rays into a first-place tie with the Yankees with one game to play…his bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning tied the game, eventually won 7-6 by Boston in the 11th…while with Houston, he pitched one inning May 28 at CIN in a 15-6 loss.
• Played infield in high school and college…undrafted in 1999 out of Florida State, where he played three seasons…his junior year (1999) batted .317/.430/.536 (80-for-252) with 14 HR and 58 RBIs, earning second-team All-ACC honors…named Tallahassee Regional MVP in the 1999 College World Series.
• Was a college teammate of Matt Diaz, whom the Rays drafted that year in the 17th round of the June Draft.
• Graduated from Gaither High School in North Tampa, where he was an All-State and All-Western Conference selection.
PERSONAL & MISC.
Kevin and his wife, Emily, met at FSU…they have three kids: daughters Camden and Ella, and son J.D.