Jeff Banister is a Finalist For the Texas Rangers Manager Job
Oct14

Jeff Banister is a Finalist For the Texas Rangers Manager Job

Jeff Banister has been named on of three finalists for the open Texas Rangers manager position, according to T.R. Sullivan. The other two finalists are Tim Bogar, the interim manager in Texas, and Kevin Cash, who is the bullpen coach in Cleveland. Banister interviewed with the Rangers last week, making that the second team he’s talked with this off-season. He also decided to withdraw from managing the Scottsdale Scorpions,...

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Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer
Oct11

Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer

I missed this while I was on the road yesterday, but Jon Heyman reports that Russell Martin turned down an offer during the 2014 season from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Heyman says that the terms of the deal were unknown, and that there’s no indication that the sides are anywhere close on a deal right now. This news isn’t a surprise. I wrote the other night about how Martin has been looking forward to free agency since the day...

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The Top 10 Choices For the Pirates’ New Minor League Team Name in Morgantown
Oct10

The Top 10 Choices For the Pirates’ New Minor League Team Name in Morgantown

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be moving their NYPL affiliate from Jamestown to Morgantown next year, playing in the new baseball stadium that will be built for West Virginia University. So far, the team doesn’t have a name, but that will change soon. The Morgantown franchise released the ten finalists for the team name. You can vote on that name until Friday, October 17th at 5 PM by going here. Below are the names, along with some...

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Jeff Banister to Interview For Texas Rangers Managerial Position
Oct04

Jeff Banister to Interview For Texas Rangers Managerial Position

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...

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Houston Astros Hire New Manager, Banister Stays in Pittsburgh
Sep29

Houston Astros Hire New Manager, Banister Stays in Pittsburgh

The Houston Astros have ended their search for a new manager quickly, announcing today that A.J. Hinch will fill the position. We heard a few days ago the Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, who has been in the organization for 29 years, was contacted by the Astros about the job opening. He has never managed in the majors before, while Hinch has managed parts of two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Good news for the...

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Jeff Banister Contacted About Astros Managerial Position
Sep27

Jeff Banister Contacted About Astros Managerial Position

Ken Rosenthal reports today that Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister has been contacted by the Houston Astros about their vacant managerial position. Banister was named the bench coach of the Pirates back in November of 2010 and he is now in his 29th season in the organization, a career that began as a player back in 1986 when he was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the amateur draft. He has five years of...

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