Long regarded as one of baseball’s brilliant young minds, Cash guided Tampa Bay to a 40-20 AL record in the pandemic-cut season. But he came under heavy criticism for pulling left-hander Blake Snell’s ace in the sixth inning of World Series Game 6 against the Dodgers champion.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting ended before the playoffs began. Rick Renteria, who was let go by the White Sox after the team made the postseason for the first time since 2008, was second, followed by Charlie Montoyo of Toronto.
Cash, who turns 43 on Dec.6, hit 0.183 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs in 246 major league games as a wide receiver for five teams, including Tampa Bay. After his playing career ended, he worked as an advanced scout for Texas and Toronto before joining Terry Francona’s staff in Cleveland as the bullpen.
The Tampa, Florida, native and Florida alumnus was hired as Tampa Bay manager the day before his 37th birthday. He has finished third in the poll for AL Manager of the Year in each of the past two seasons. He is the first franchise award winner since Joe Maddon in 2011.
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Tampa Bay won the AL East this year for the first time since Cash’s arrival. The Rays have relied heavily on their enclosure throughout the pandemic shortened season, with 12 different pitchers registering at least one save, matching the major league record.
So the decision to get Snell was in line with what made the Rays successful this year, but it was key in rallying the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory. Cash insisted that if he faced the same situation again, he would trust his enclosure to shut it down.