When the Texas Rangers did not in the first week to 10 days after the season ended extend the managerial opening to Tim Bogar, he was done. The Rangers proceeded to interview everyone in baseball both west and east of the Mississippi. It was as if they were saying - NOT Tim Bogar. This despite his 14-8 record as interim manager with a wrecked roster.
This is the first decision made by Rangers' general manager Jon Daniels after his season from hell. This had better be the start of a good run.
This is the second time Daniels has had to fill this position since he took over as GM. The first time came shortly before Nolan Ryan took over as team president, and was OK'd by then team owner Tom Hicks.
JD hired Ron Washington, who went on to become the most successful manager in team history until he resigned abruptly because of a ... cough-cough ... personal matter? Go with that. JD's call to hire Wash' was arguably the best decision of his tenure. The man stumbled at first, but figured it out and never once did he lose his clubhouse. He knew how to manage people, both beneath and above him.
Banister has served as the bench coach under manager Clint Hurdle for the Pittsburgh baseball Pirates for the last four seasons. Like Washington before him, Banister has never been a manager on the big league level.
He has been a career minor league baseball guy, nearly all with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was with the Pirates organization for 29 years as a player and a coach. Expect that Hurdle, who served as the Rangers' batting coach in 2010, lobbied hard for his guy to get this job.
Whether or not Banister is a good fit will depend largely on a rotation and roster that is still a bit of a mess.
Banister, 49, has the resume to deserve this shot. Like Wash', he will need a little time to figure it out, and then he will need real pitchers and genuine major league hitters to have a chance.
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