Rays choose 36-year-old Kevin Cash as their new manager

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Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash is the Rays’ pick to replace Joe Maddon as manager, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Cash was one of three finalists for the job along with Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu and not-yet-officially-retired player Raul Ibanez, but Ibanez removed himself from consideration due to personal reasons.

Cash is just 36 years old and last played in the majors with the Red Sox in 2010. He was a good-glove, no-hit catcher who logged parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with five different teams, never cracking 200 plate appearances in a season while batting .183 overall.

He retired following the 2011 season and took a scouting job with the Blue Jays before joining manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff in Cleveland for the 2013 season.

Astros to display domestic violence hotline number on fliers in bathroom stalls at Minute Maid Park

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MLB.com’s Alyson Footer reports that the Astros will display the number for the domestic violence hotline on fliers in bathroom stalls at Minute Maid Park. That was one of several efforts the organization committed to in an announcement on Monday. Other efforts include partnering with more than a dozen local and state agencies which advocate for preventing domestic violence.

The Astros Foundation has also donated $214,000 to Family Services of Southeast Texas to complete its women’s center. The Astros Foundation is also donating $10,000 to the Montgomery County Women’s Shelter and will sponsor several fundraisers with The FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Daya, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, and the Houston Area Women’s Center. Furthermore, the Astros Foundation is partnering with AVDA to facilitate the Futures Without Violence Program which “teaches leaders and coaches how to break the cycle of family violence by educating the next generation.”

The Astros’ effort involving the fliers sticks out, though, because a fan was kicked out of Minute Maid Park last month for holding up a sign simply displaying the number for the Houston Area Women’s Center’s domestic violence hotline number. Hopefully, the Astros have reached out to that fan to apologize and make up for an egregious decision.

The Astros are making this effort because the organization has come under tremendous controversy since trading for embattled closer Roberto Osuna earlier this season. On June 22, Osuna was suspended 75 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Osuna had been arrested on May 8 in Toronto and charged with domestic assault. In late September, Osuna showed up in Toronto court and the charges were withdrawn — largely because his accuser did not wish to travel from Mexico to appear in court — and he accepted a peace bond.

In the time since Osuna was acquired, various members of the Astros including Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch, and Ryan Pressly went out their way to defend him from the press and from fans. The Astros’ aforementioned efforts to do right will ring hollow if they continue to bring alleged abusers on board then shield them.

(As I write this, by the way, Osuna just got hammered for five runs in the top of the eighth inning. He gave up a grand slam to Jackie Bradley, Jr. to cap off his disastrous appearance. Does karma exist? Tough to say.)