According to Ken Rosenthal, Jeff Banister will be hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 16, 2014
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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