ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays’ Kevin Cash finished third for the American League Manager of the Year award.
Brandon Hyde, who led the Orioles to 101 wins and the East division crown, was the winner, getting 27 of the 30 first-place votes by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, based on regular-season results.
Bruce Bochy, who went on to lead the Rangers to the World Series title, got the other three first-place votes and finished second.
Cash has been in the top three five times in the last six years, winning in 2020 and 2021, and finishing third in 2018, 2019 and now 2023.
Cash led the Rays to 99 wins despite a slew of injuries, including season-ending surgeries for three starters, and the loss of All-Star shortstop Wander Franco, who was placed on the restricted list in mid-August, then administrative leave, following allegations of inappropriate relationships with minors.
Cash has a 739-617 (.545) record over nine seasons and has led the Rays to five straight playoff berths. Baseball operations president Erik Neander said after the season of Cash: “I think this is the best job he’s ever done here.”
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