Smithsonian’s sports exhibit stops at local museum

Jim “Mudcat” Grant is a Lacoochee native son who blazed a trail as the first African-American to pitch a 20-game winning season in the American League. His 1965 win/loss record for the Minnesota Twins was 21-7. Grant, now age 82, lives in California. He won two World Series games, also in 1965, pitching for the Twins against the Los Angeles Dodgers. During one of those wins, he … [Read more...]

Rays manager recalls north Tampa roots

Kevin Cash tries not to dwell on the fact that he’s in the second year of managing his hometown Major League Baseball team. Instead, he separates his duties of being the skipper of the Tampa Bay Rays with the nostalgia of growing up in Lutz, playing in Northside Little League, attending Gaither High School and being a one-time catcher for the Rays in 2005. While he admitted “there’s a … [Read more...]

Cash is becoming accustomed to leading role

After taking over for highly regarded manager Joe Maddon in 2015, Kevin Cash feels more comfortable as he enters his second season as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s established relationships with the roster and front office. He’s been battle-tested on in-game decision-making. He’s also learned from rookie managerial mistakes after the club ended last season with an 80-82 record, missing … [Read more...]

Not here yet, but five-minute pizza could come soon

Ever thought of pizza as a fast food? A retired professional baseball player raising his family just south of Lutz is bringing such a concept to the Tampa Bay area beginning early next year. And it won’t be long before he has his eye on some potential sites in Pasco County. Matt LaPorta, a star prospect from the University of Florida baseball team who went on to play for the Cleveland … [Read more...]