During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the coaches selected to be a part of Manager Terry Francona’s staff.
By Ronnie Tellalian
In October 2012 the Indians announced the new additions to their coaching staff. Among these new faces was former catcher Kevin Cash, who has been named Bullpen Coach for the 2013 Cleveland Indians. It’s no surprise that Cash found a position here in Cleveland. During his eight year playing career Cash spent two and a half seasons as a catcher in Boston while Francona served as the Red Sox Manager. He also spent a half year behind the plate in Houston during Indians Third base coach Brad Mills‘ stint as Manager.
Cash comes to the Indians with a baseball pedigree. His uncle Ron Cash played six seasons in the minor leagues and a grand total of 34 games with Detroit Tigers. Kevin Cash began his career in the Toronto Blue Jays system. He went undrafted and signed as an amateur free agent in 1999. He played in 101 games for the Jays from 2002 to 2004 before being shipped off to Tampa Bay. He eventually signed as a free agent with Boston in 2007.
In 2008 with the Red Sox, Cash served as Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher replacing Doug Mirabelli. He caught all 30 of Wakefield’s starts with marginal success. Cash led the American League with 14 past balls, but this is not a knock on Cash’s defense. In 1999 Jason Varitek caught 17 of Wakefield’s starts allowing 13 past balls. A good chunk of those came in one game against the Cleveland Indians. On May 28, Varitek allowed a whopping five past balls. The Red Sox were able to navigate those snafus and cruse to a 12-5 victory.