The Texas Rangers interviewed Kevin Cash, who is the Cleveland Indians bullpen coach, today. He is the youngest candidate the Rangers will interview.
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Cash has spent 2002 to 2010 (8 years) in the majors. He spent a majority of his time with the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. After being sent down to the minors for a few years. Cash last played with the Texas Rangers AAA Round Rock Express in 2011. After that season he announced his retirement on January 8, 2012. After that he spent the 2012 season as an advanced scout for the Blue Jays.
After the 2012 season he joined the Cleveland Indians and Terry Francona as their bullpen coach. Francona and Cash had history back when they were both with the Boston Red Sox.
Cash also spent time with Brad Mills while he was with the Houston Astros while Mills was the manager there. That places Cash with two great managers over the last couple of years. Even though Kevin Cash doesn’t have that much experience as a coach and none as a manager he has been with the best and should have by now picked up some of their leadership and managerial skills.
During his time with the Indians in 2013 they finish in the number one spot in the Wild Card race and in 2014 just missed it by 3 games. He seems to have worked well with the players and is able to identify the right talent for the club. That might be because of the time he spent with the Jays as an advanced scout.
Will the Rangers choose Kevin Cash as their next manager? Doubtful, but he is a good candidate. He would be youth to the position and would be a good players manager who also has a lot of baseball knowledge. The Rangers still have Tim Bogar to interview who is considered a very strong candidate.