The Tampa Bay Rays' managerial search is down to Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu.
Raul Ibanez withdrew because of family considerations Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times reports, the same day he was scheduled to interview with the Rays. Wakamatsu met with the Rays on Tuesday and Cash interviewed Wednesday.
Ibanez was the most outside-the-box consideration of the three.
Bench coach Dave Martinez has decided to look for opportunities outside the Tampa Bay Rays.
Martinez announced his intentions in a statement released Tuesday, four days after the Rays chose Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu as the three finalists for their open managerial position, made possible by Joe Maddon's decision to opt out of his contract with the club. Martinez became...
ONE OF THESE THREE MEN WILL BE THE NEXT MANAGER OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS
#Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists to three: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibañez and Don Wakamatsu.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 21, 2014
Will it be Kevin Cash, the current Indians bullpen coach and a former Rays catcher?
Will it be Raul Ibanez, who was sitting in the Royals dugout...
The Tampa Bay Rays have narrowed their managerial search to three finalist.
Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu are the three men that the Rays will ultimately choose their next manager from after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract and then signed a deal with the Chicago Cubs.
Watamatus is the only member of the trio who has previous experience as a big league...
Now there are three.
Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu were named the three finalists for the Tampa Bay Rays' open managerial position on Friday with in-person interviews scheduled to begin the week of Dec. 1. The man chosen will become the fifth manager in Rays history, succeeding Joe Maddon, who led the club for nine seasons.
Seven names were eliminated from the initial...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dave Martinez, the Rays' bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus.
Tampa Bay said interviews with...
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November 21, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series.
The fancy handwriting, that is.
In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art - the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu.
Using a calligraphy style he...
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October 23, 2014
By: X. Grieves
Continuing our breakdown of The Kansas City Royals coaches, we come to our bench coach, Don Wakamatsu. Wilber Donald “Don” Wakamatsu became The Royals bench coach and catching instructor in October 2013. Previously, Wakamatsu served as the bench coach for The Toronto Blue Jays in 2011-2012 and Manager of The Seattle Mariners in 2009 and part of 2010. Wakamatsu...
Don Wakamatsu talks about the Royals' pitching staff, Sal Perez and more with FOX Sports Kansas City's Joel Goldberg. For more interviews with the Royals, watch the 2014 Royals Season Preview this week on FOX Sports Kansas City.