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What Rays fans can be thankful for this Thanksgiving

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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 08: Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after he hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 08: Willy Adames #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after he hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 05: Kevin Cash #16 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on from the dugout prior to game two of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 05: Kevin Cash #16 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on from the dugout prior to game two of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Kevin Cash has quietly risen to become one of the best managers in the game and for that, we should be thankful.

As the Rays aim to generate success with an influx of young talent, key veterans, and one of the lowest payrolls in the game, there is nobody better suited to lead the charge than Kevin Cash. Since taking over as the Tampa Bay Rays manager in 2015, Cash has compiled a 414-396 record, which is good for a .511 winning percentage.

Most recently, he has guided the Rays to consecutive 90+ win seasons and a playoff berth for the first time since 2013. He has been named a finalist for AL Manager of the Year in back to back seasons. He helped pioneer a new approach to pitching to deal with a decimated pitching staff and managed a total of 57 players in 2019.

Cash has helped the front office navigate a minuscule payroll and a complete overhaul of the roster all while leading the Rays to their most recent success. His growth as a manager has been fun to watch and the future is bright for the young skipper.

Make sure to mention how thankful you are for Kevin Cash this Thanksgiving, because without him at the helm, there is no telling how the past few seasons would have played out.

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