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Cash has crossed paths with three U.S. presidents…he managed the Rays in Havana last spring with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the crowd, met George H.W. Bush in Houston while playing for the Astros in 2010 and met President George W. Bush when the 2007 World Champion Red Sox visited the White House. This past winter, he and his wife, Emily, hosted holiday events at Thanksgiving and Christmas for the patients and families at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg…the couple's oldest daughter, 10-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 (9) and son J.D. (4). Kevin has been the victim of multiple pranks when the Rays have played his former boss, Indians Manager Terry Francona…last year in Cleveland, a scoreboard message greeted him during BP: "A Tribute to a Legacy," displaying his career .183 avg., .248 OBP and .278 SLG. Kevin is the only current major league manager to have played in the Little League World Series and one of three to play in the College World Series, joining CLE Terry Francona (Arizona, 1980) and OAK Bob Melvin (Cal, 1980). 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 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 batted .297 in 34 career games. His father, Mike, was also an original Rays season ticket holder.

COACHING CAREER

egins his third season as manager of the Rays…named the fifth manager in Rays history on Dec 5, 2014 and turned 37 years old the next day…became the youngest manager in Rays history and at 39 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 sixth-youngest current manager/head coach among the four major pro sports (MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA). There were 18 major leaguers in 2016 who were older than Cash. Owns a 148-176 (.457) record after his two seasons with the Rays...that's 15 games better than any Rays manager before him after the first two seasons…Lou Piniella was 133-190 after two seasons, Larry Rothschild was 132-192 and Joe Maddon 127-197. 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 2005…is the second former Devil Rays/Rays player to manage in the major leagues, joining Ozzie Guillen (White Sox and Marlins). 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 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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