Kevin Cash addressed the Tampa Bay Rays as manager for the first time this morning as the team opened full-squad workouts at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.
Cash, a first-time manager, steps in for Joe Maddon, who left the Rays in October after leading them to four playoff appearances from 2006 to 2014.
Cash’s message: Continue the winning culture.
Rays president of baseball operations called Cash’s meeting with the players “compact and powerful.” He said Cash talked about getting to work, focusing on the craft and playing as a team.
Starting pitcher Alex Cobb called Cash’s pre-workout speech “impactful.” Third baseman Evan Longoria said “it was as good as it gets.”
The Rays also unveiled Don Zimmer Way, a path from the clubhouse to the practice field named for the former team adviser and longtime baseball man who died last June at age 83. Silverman said the idea for “Zim Way” came from Charlotte County.
“It’s the path he (Zimmer) used to drive his golf cart back and forth,” Silverman said.
Silverman also said RHP Ronald Belisario fractured left (non-throwing shoulder) after slipping while getting out of a pool a few weeks ago. He won’t throw for a couple of weeks and won’t be ready for the start of the season.
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