The Tampa Bay Rays plucked a young up-and-comer in the coaching ranks today as they gave the Tribe’s former bullpen coach the keys to their car. Cash’s stock rose as we saw him seemingly turn around the enigmatic Carlos Carrasco into a rotation pillar; working seamlessly with Mickey Callaway as the rotation went from a question to strength.
Cash will turn 37 on Saturday, making him the youngest manager in the Majors. He was also a finalist for the Texas Rangers’ post, but lost out to Jeff Banister, formally Clint Hurdle’s bench coach in Pittsburgh.
My question: Can Carrasco carry over what he seemingly had figured out with a new voice in his ear along with Callaway? Or will Carrasco return to the tantalizing talent who makes us scratch our heads? Hopefully the breakthrough we saw last season is sustainable. Suddenly, this becomes one of the bigger in-house questions heading into February. (Not to mention, who would assume the post. Saw a Sandy suggestion earlier, but that seems unlikely.)
Sudden apprehension aside, congratulations to Cash as he likely is living out his baseball dream at the moment with a young Rays club!