(WFLA) Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash was announced as a finalist for American League manager of the year Monday during the Baseball Writers Association of America nomination show on MLB Network. Cash joins Rays pitcher Blake Snell, a finalist for the A.L. Cy Young award, in the hunt for postseason hardware.
While Snell's nomination was a given, Cash had to wait to see his name pop up on the list of three finalists. He guided the Rays to a 90-win season despite the well documented roster changes and a pitching strategy that seemed to revolutionize the way managers handled the work load for their starting pitchers and bullpens.
Cash recently signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Rays through 2024, with an option for the 2025 season. The Rays named him as the club's manager, following the departure of the successful and very popular Joe Maddon, after the 2014 season.
Cash is up against impressive competition in the voting, including World Series championship manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox and another 2018 miracle worker, Bob Melvin of the Oakland Atheltics.
Snell is considered the favorite to win the Cy Young, even though he is up against former award winners Corey Kluber of the Cleveand Indians and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros.
The manager of the year award will be announced on Tuesday, November 13, followed by the Cy Young award on Wednesday, November 14.
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