Tampa Bay Rays Manager Kevin Cash has won his second straight Sporting News American League Manager Of The Year Award.
Kevin Cash has joined an exclusive club with his second straight Sporting News AL Manager of the Year award. More on that in a minute. First, the details: Cash built on the Rays’ success in 2019, when Tampa Bay broke a six-year playoff drought, and guided the team to an easy division title in 2020 and the best record in the American League (40-20).
Cash’s exciting young squad has stayed strong in the postseason, having advanced to the ALCS, where they hold a 3-1 series lead on the Astros as of this writing. The Tampa Bay skipper was the clear winer in voting among his peers, receiving 67 percent of the vote.
Cash becomes the sixth manager in history to receive the honor in consecutive years, joining Billy Southworth of the Cardinals (1941-1942), Bobby Cox of the Braves (2002-2005), Terry Francona of the Indians (2016-2017), Craig Counsell of the Brewers (2017-2018) and Brian Snitker of the Braves (2018-2019).
Cash joins Joe Maddon (2008, 2011) as the only Rays managers to win the award.
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