Rays select Kevin Cash as new manager

Dec 5, 2014 3:04 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Cash is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The team announced the former Cleveland Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon's replacement on Friday, selecting him over ex-Seattle Mariners manager and current Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu.

Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, has no previous managerial experience. He's a former big-league catcher who appeared in 13 games with Tampa Bay in 2005 and served as Cleveland's bullpen coach for the past two seasons.

Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez was the third finalist for the job, but withdrew his name from consideration this week.

Maddon opted out of his contract with Rays on Oct. 24, later joining the Chicago Cubs as their new manager.

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg says Cash's "energy and dynamic personality will fit seamlessly with our clubhouse."

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