The Pirates New Affiliate in Morgantown Will Be Called The West Virginia Black Bears
Oct22

The Pirates New Affiliate in Morgantown Will Be Called The West Virginia Black Bears

A few weeks ago, the Morgantown franchise (which just relocated from Jamestown) held a naming contest. Today, the franchise announces that the new team will be called the West Virginia Black Bears. The team is the new Pittsburgh Pirates’ affiliate in the New York-Penn League, which is the level just below their other team in West Virginia, the Power. It'S OFFICIAL! We will take the field in June of 2015 as the WEST VIRGINIA...

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Jon Daniels: “Probably Unlikely” That More Pirates Personnel Follows Banister to Texas
Oct16

Jon Daniels: “Probably Unlikely” That More Pirates Personnel Follows Banister to Texas

Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels held a conference call this evening for members of the Texas and Pittsburgh media, making the hiring of Jeff Banister official. Most of the conference call discussed the hiring process, and general things that led the Rangers to select Banister as their new manager. One key bit of information that came up for the Pirates involved whether the Rangers would take anyone from the Pittsburgh...

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Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin
Oct16

Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin. The $15.3 M qualifying offer ensures that the Pirates will get a draft pick as compensation if Martin ends up signing elsewhere. While the qualifying offer would represent quite a raise for Martin, he is in line for a multi-year deal in the same range, so it’s highly unlikely he would even consider accepting the offer....

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Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers
Oct16

Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers

According to Ken Rosenthal, Jeff Banister will be hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers. Sources: #Rangers to hire #Pirates’ Banister as manager. — 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...

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Rangers Could Decide on Manager Position Soon; Banister Impresses in Interview
Oct16

Rangers Could Decide on Manager Position Soon; Banister Impresses in Interview

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Texas Rangers could decide on their new manager either today or Friday. We learned earlier in the week that the Rangers were down to three finalists — interim manager Tim Bogar, Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, and Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister. Heyman notes that Bogar “earned the respect of key Rangers players”, and has been considered the favorite...

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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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