When I saw that the Tampa Bay Rays hired Kevin Cash as their new manager, I thought the name seemed vaguely familiar, but I wasn’t placing him. The articles said that he had been the Indians’ bullpen coach last year, played a number of years in the Majors and is younger than I am (the bastard!)
It wasn’t until I went in search of any baseball cards that I said “Ohhhhhh, THAT guy!”
So here’s what I know about Kevin Cash…
He turned 37 yesterday.
As a catcher he was said to be an excellent defensive catcher and game-caller, but while he could hit in the Minors he never quite got there in the Majors.
It doesn’t seem right for a guy who was a “Rated Rookie” in 2003 to be a manager a dozen years later.
He played for the Jays, Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Astros; every team in the AL East except the Orioles.
He played in 4 games of the 2008 postseason while with the Red Sox.
This 2005 Topps Total card might be the only card to show him with the Rays.
On May 28, 2010 he pitched an inning of relief for the Astros to finish a blowout at the hands of the Reds. Cash gave up 3 hits and a run, so he has a career 9.00 ERA.
This 2009 Topps Update card might be the only card to show him with the Yankees.
Should anybody care, he also had cards in the following sets (according to my decidedly not-exhaustive database):
2002 Bowman Draft (and yet he wasn’t drafted! Go figure)
2003 Topps Traded
2003 Topps Total
2003 Topps Heritage
2008 Topps Update (shows him with the Red Sox)