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Jeff Banister to Interview For Texas Rangers Managerial Position

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According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via Bucs Dugout), Pittsburgh Pirates’ bench coach Jeff Banister will interview for the open managerial spot for the Texas Rangers. This is the second time we have heard Banister’s name mentioned for a managerial opening. He was interviewed by the Houston Astros, who decided to go with A.J. Hinch.

Banister has never managed in the big leagues. He has spent 29 seasons with the Pirates, managing five of those seasons in the minors. He has also managed two years of winter ball and he is about to begin his second season of managing in the Arizona Fall League.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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