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Kevin Cash’s Manager of the Year win by the numbers

The comparison with Bobby Cox as the only back-to-back winners is staggering, but other numbers tell more.
The Rays' Kevin Cash on Tuesday joined Hall of Famer Bobby Cox as the only winners of Baseball Writers’ Association of America Manager of the Year awards in back-to-back years.
The Rays' Kevin Cash on Tuesday joined Hall of Famer Bobby Cox as the only winners of Baseball Writers’ Association of America Manager of the Year awards in back-to-back years. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Nov. 17
Updated Nov. 18

The Rays’ Kevin Cash crossed paths just once with Bobby Cox years ago, but he has heard plenty about the legendary Hall of Famer, who managed for 29 years in the majors with Toronto and Atlanta.

“To hear the stories about him, whether it was from (former Braves pitcher and current Fox analyst) John Smoltz doing a broadcast or (former Rays coach and Braves Triple-A outfielder) Ozzie Timmons being in spring training, or players that have been touched (by) Bobby, you can appreciate and understand the quality of person and the impact that he had on our game,” Cash said.

What Cash cannot and may never grasp is being mentioned in the same sentence, much less considered an equal, with Cox as the only winners of Baseball Writers’ Association of America Manager of the Year awards in back-to-back years.

Related: Rays’ Kevin Cash wins second straight AL Manager of the Year award

“To be able to share something really, really small with him is pretty special,” Cash said after being named the American League winner Tuesday. “Very, very honored to be in the same breath.”

While appropriately proud of what the Rays did this season, overcoming the loss of several key players to injury and constant roster churn to win 100 games and another AL East title, Cash said there remains another accolade on Cox’s resume he very much wants to match.

“We’re all searching for that one thing that he has that I don’t,” Cash said. “A World Series trophy and a ring.”

Here are 10 more numbers about Cash winning the award:

0

Games managed by Cash at any level before being hired by Rays for 2015 season

.500

Cash’s winning percentage in postseason play, going 15-15

.53682

Cash’s winning percentage through seven regular seasons, 35th-best all-time of mangers with at least 1,000 games, besting Tony La Russa (.53641), Dusty Baker (.534), Joe Maddon (.533), Whitey Herzog (.532) and Tommy Lasorda (.526)

1

Big-league managers who have been with their current teams longer than Cash, who was hired by Rays in 2015: Terry Francona, who joined Indians in 2013

4

Rays winners of the Manager of the Year award in the last 14 years; Maddon in 2008 and 2011, Cash in 2020 and 2021

7

Years Cash has been on the job, with three more — plus a 2025 option — remaining on his current contract. After 2018, Cash’s fourth season, the Rays reworked the remaining year and options in his original contract to a six-year extension worth around $10 million.

Tony La Russa, left, Joe Torre, center, and Bobby Cox display their Baseball Hall of Fame plaques at Clark Sports Center during their induction ceremony in 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Tony La Russa, left, Joe Torre, center, and Bobby Cox display their Baseball Hall of Fame plaques at Clark Sports Center during their induction ceremony in 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

8

Managers with more BBWAA Manager of the Year awards than Cash: Cox and La Russa, 4; Baker, Jim Leyland, Maddon, Bob Melvin, Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter, 3. Six others have won it twice: Francona, Davey Johnson, Lasorda, Jack McKeon, Mike Scioscia, Joe Torre. Of that group, all won World Series except for Baker, Showalter and Melvin.

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10

Managers voted the BBWAA award after winning 100 games:

116: Piniella, ‘01 Mariners

114: Torre, ‘98 Yankees

107: Gabe Kapler, ‘21 Giants

104: Sparky Anderson, ‘84 Tigers, La Russa, ‘88 A’s

103: Baker, ‘93 Giants

102: Larry Dierker, ‘98 Astros

101: Rocco Baldelli, ‘19 Twins; Herzog, ‘85 Cardinals

100: Cash, ‘21 Rays

38

Pitchers (not counting position players) used by the Rays this season, provided as a public service after Cash was asked on MLB Network to name them and said he couldn’t (listed alphabetically, with number of appearances): Nick Anderson (6), Chris Archer (6), Shawn Armstrong (11), Shane Baz (3), Diego Castillo (37), JT Chargois (25), Adam Conley (17), Chris Ellis (1), Dietrich Enns (9), Pete Fairbanks (47), J.P. Feyereisen (34), Josh Fleming (26), Tyler Glasnow (14), Louis Head (27), David Hess (1), Rich Hill (19), Brent Honeywell (3), DJ Johnson (3), Andrew Kittredge (57), Joey Krehbiel (1), Chris Mazza (14), Shane McClanahan (25) Collin McHugh (37), Luis Patino (19), Evan Phillips (1), Sean Poppen (1), Drew Rasmussen (20), Cody Reed (12), Trevor Richards (6), David Robertson (12), Chaz Roe (1), Ryan Sherriff (16), Jeffrey Springs (43), Hunter Strickland (13), Ryan Thompson (36), Michael Wacha (29), Matt Wisler (27) and Ryan Yarbrough (30).

924

Games Cash played in pro ball (including 246 in majors) over his 12-year career, compared to 1,032 managed

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