Dave Cash

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David Cash Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dave Cash was a leadoff hitter and second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1980. He was the man who replaced Pirates' legend Bill Mazeroski at second base.

He was an All-Star in all three of his years with the Phillies. Though he surpassed 200 hits in two of those seasons, he didn't walk often (his career high was 56) which triggered "he's not a prototype leadoff hitter" complaints. Before Chase Utley reached 200 hits in 2006, Cash was the last Phillie to accomplish the feat in 1975. Cash's Phillies teammates nicknamed him "A.C." for "Always Cool".

Cash reached the playoffs four times in his career, three times with Pittsburgh from 1970-1972, winning the World Series in 1971 against the Baltimore Orioles and once with the Phillies in 1976, who lost the NLCS to the Cincinnati Reds.

Cash led the National League in at-bats from 1974 to 1976, games and hits in 1975, singles in 1974 and 1975, triples in 1976, and at-bats per strikeout from 1976-1978. He never struck out more than 34 times in a big-league season.

He left the Phillies with the first batch of big-name free agents following the 1976 season. His signing by the Montreal Expos was considered a major coup for the fledgling team at the time. He started at second base for two seasons with the Expos, playing virtually every game. He hit a solid .289 with 42 doubles and 21 stolen bases in 1977 but, his hitting slipped back significantly in 1978 (.252/.291/.315), as did his fielding. Manager Dick Williams started using Pepe Frias as a defensive substitute at second base every time the Expos had a lead in the late innings. In spring training of 1979, Cash lost his job to the newly-acquired Rodney Scott. It was a hard blow for Cash, who had not seen the demotion coming, and he sulked for the early part of the season as a little-used back-up while Scott and the Expos were playing their best baseball ever. However, he got some more playing time in the second half of the season and hit extremely well, batting .321 with a 114 OPS+ in 187 at bats. After the season, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for Bill Almon and Dan Briggs. He was handed the starting second base job to start the 1980 season but hit only .227 in 130 games. He was released at the end of spring training in 1981 and never played in the majors again.

In 1989, Cash played for the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .321 in 35 games with the team. The next season, he played for the Florida Tropics and hit .304 in 14 games before the league folded.

Cash was a Philadelphia Phillies coach in 1996 and a member of the Baltimore Orioles staff in 2005 and 2006. He has also been a minor league manager and a coach for the Batavia Clippers in 1988, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons in 1989 and 1993-1994, Rochester Red Wings in 1997-2000, Ottawa Lynx in 2003-2005, and Bluefield Orioles in 2006. He was the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league infield instructor from 1990-1992.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 1970 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 3-time NL All-Star (1974-1976)
  • 3-time NL At Bats Leader (1974-1976)
  • NL Hits Leader (1975)
  • 2-time NL Singles Leader (1974 & 1975)
  • NL Triples Leader (1976)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1975)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 2 (1974 & 1975)
  • Won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971

Records Held[edit]

  • Plate appearance, right handed batter, season, 766, 1975
  • Most at bats, extra inning game, 11, 5/21/77 (tied)

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1990 Batavia Clippers New York-Penn League 12-11 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Tony Scott on July 11
2001 Frederick Keys Carolina League 70-69 5th Baltimore Orioles
2002 Bowie Baysox Eastern League 29-59 -- Baltimore Orioles replaced by Dave Stockstill on July 8

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