Kevin Cash, hired last offseason to take over the Tampa Bay Rays, is just the latest former major league catcher to assume a manager’s role.
The former Boston Red Sox backstop joined Mike Scioscia (Los Angeles Angels), Mike Mathney (St. Louis Cardinals), Brad Ausmus (Detroit Tigers), Ned Yost (Kansas City Royals) and A.J. Hinch (Houston Astros) among the handful of managers who played catcher.
NESN’s Tim Wakefield shared on “Red Sox First Pitch” before Friday night’s Red Sox-Rays game why he believes former catchers make such good managers.
“A lot of it has to do with they’re behind the scenes,” Wakefield said. “They’re looking at a different perspective than everybody else on the field. They’re good leaders, they’re calling games, they’re taking charge of the pitching staff, so I think they’ve got a good rapport with everybody on the team.”
Check out the rest of Wakefield’s comments in the video above.
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