In something of a surprise move, the Texas Rangers have hired Jeff Banister to be their new manager. Until today, Banister had been a lifer with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Over the last 29 years, Banister has been a player, coach, minor league manager, scout and in player development. Banister had one big league at bat with the Bucs in 1992 in which he singled. He thus has a lifetime batting average of 1.000. Since 2011, Banister had been the Pirates bench coach.
The Rangers did finish 2014 with the worst record in the AL at 67-95, 31 games back of the Los Angeles Angels. But after Ron Washington resigned in early September, the club played much better under Tim Bogar. The Rangers went 14-8 under his stewardship and would win 13 of their 16 games. If not for Bogar, the Rangers would have lost 100 games. Bogar was a finalist along with Banister and Cleveland Indians bench coach Kevin Cash. Maybe Banister is just a better interview. It remains to be seen if that will translate on the field.
At this point, it isn't clear if Bogar will remain with the Rangers. If not, perhaps the Minnesota Twins would be willing to give him a look.