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Tampa Bay Rays’ Cash named AL Manager of the Year

By Jonathan Northall
Feb 17, 2020; Port Charlotte, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) poses for a photo during media day. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2020; Port Charlotte, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash (16) poses for a photo during media day. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kevin Cash has been named the American League’s Manager of the Year for 2020.

It is just the third time in franchise history that a manager has won the accolade, and Cash joins Joe Maddon (2008 and 2011) as a Tampa Bay Rays manager voted best in the league.

It comes as little surprise when you consider how well a regular season that the Rays had. They ended up with the best record in the league with 40 wins and 20 losses (.667). Cash negotiated injuries to players and the effects of COVID-19 on the season and lead the Rays to the AL East title.

There has been a constant improvement from the Rays since Cash took over as manager in 2015. This has culminated in a World Series appearance this year, albeit unsuccessful, for just the second time in franchise history.

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In the voting for the award, Cash easily won with 126 points including 22 first-place votes. Runner up was the now-departed Chicago White Sox manager, Rick Renteria, with 61 points (five first-place votes). In third place was Toronto Blue Jays’ Charlie Montoyo with 47 points (two first-place votes). Full voting details can be found on the BBWAA website.

Finally, Tampa Bay Rays come away with a piece of silverware in their best season in the franchise’s history. After missing out on nominations in other awards, the Rays have recognition. It is well deserved by the team and manager.

Cash has taken the Rays on an upwards trajectory since taking over and they were close taking the World Series to a game seven. It will be a difficult act to follow, in 2021, for Kevin Cash but that’s for another day. Right now, Cash should enjoy this well earned award.

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