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Rays Kevin Cash, Erik Neander win awards in Sporting News votes

Cash was honored as top AL manager, Neander as MLB Executive of the Year

Tampa Bay general manager Erik Neander and manager Kevin Cash were honored as the best at their jobs in votes of their colleagues conducted by the Sporting News.

Neander was voted MLB Executive of the Year for his work in assembling, and adding to, a team that won 96 games and earned the organization’s first playoff berth since 2013.

Neander was atop six of the 25 ballots cast, receiving a plurality of the votes to beat out Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos, who received five votes. Neander is the second Rays executive to win the award; Andrew Friedman won in 2008.

Cash was named on four of the 12 ballots cast by league managers.

Cash is also a candidate for the more prominent BBWAA AL Manager of the Year award that will be announced next month.

This is the third time a Rays manager has won the award, which has been given out since 1936. Joe Maddon won in 2008 and 2011.