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Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers

According to Ken Rosenthal, Jeff Banister will be hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers.

Less than an hour ago, we heard that Banister impressed in his interview, making the hiring process difficult. Obviously he impressed enough to get the job.

The immediate question here would be about Banister’s replacement with the Pirates. I think the bigger question would be wondering who Banister might take with him to Texas. The loss of more personnel would obviously hurt the Pirates more than just with Banister’s departure alone.

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Good for Banny! Hope he does well!

John Lease

Good for him. A ‘bench coach’ however, is hardly irreplaceable. John Russell, for God’s sake, is Baltimore’s.


C’mon John ! A little respect for Sleepy. The Twins were considering making him their new Manager !

Pie Rat

Sounds like he rebuilt the Pirates Minor league system. Do you see him taking coaches like Jim Benedict with him?


Congrats to jeff, well deserved chance. Just hope he does not take all the eggs with him.


I am glad for Bannister, but hopefully he won’t raid the Pirates system, sometimes contracts are written with a no raid clause written into them. Benedict would be my biggest concern, not only from the Rangers, but from any team.


With both of the Maddox brothers involved in the Rangers pitching situation, it would be a real surprise for them to bring anyone else in.


That was supposed to be ” the Maddux bros. “. I HATE auto correct !

Pie Rat

Considering they were passed over for the management position, they may not stay.


The new manager almost always gets a say though in terms of who he wants to be his pitching coach, so it’s not a guarantee that they’ll still be with the Rangers.


Yeah, Bannister is going to go in there and tell the GM he doesn’t want the HOF pitcher and his brother, the pitching coach, around. I would almost bet money that Josh Daniels made them part of the hiring.


The man has paid his dues and then some; tough loss for the Pirates, but I wish him a world of luck with the Rangers.

Brian Bernard

A significant loss IMO. Seems like just when things start going right, a lot of stuff is now going wrong. Players and coaches leaving – not that I can’t say I’m happy for him, I think he deserves it. I hope I don’t have to feel the same way about Russel and Frankie and Eddie, and Benedict, and… sigh.


Hopefully he doesn’t take Benedict as his pitching coach.


I think Neal Huntington has one hand on Benedict’s shoulder. If you recall correctly, the Phillies were pursuing him last year:


Is Benedict the natural replacement for Bannister, or is he already being tabbed as the Deputy GM?


His lineup card penmanship will be missed


Clint Hurdle made mention of something during the season that is underappreciated. The Pirates led the major leagues this year in lineup variations. The only player (aside from the pitcher) to bat in the same spot all year this year was McCutchen at the 3 spot. Every other lineup spot has had a variety of players. Also, the Pirates make extensive use of their bull pen resulting in a lot of in game lineup changes.
Benedict deserves a lot of credit for keeping the batting order straight along with his other duties.

John Lease

Really, that is rocket science? Once they are written down, they can’t switch spots.


No it is not rocket science. 95% of all coaching is attention to detail. Batting out of order does happen:




A player gets used to hitting in the same spot (I bat after Joe and Mark bats after me), and over 162 games will tend to ignore the lineup card.


Not sure lineup variation is always a good thing. But a good bench coach is a very valuable asset and while I am glad Bannister gets this opportunity – and he deserves it from all I have heard. He is going to a tough situation – Texas looked to be a solid contender coming into the year – but the wheels came of both badly and quickly. Talent is there – but the Division is very tough – Something he is familiar with.

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