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 managerial experience in the minors, plus he has managed twice in winter ball and once in the Arizona Fall League. Banister is scheduled to manage in the AFL this year, though that begins in just over a week so the Pirates are hoping he will be too busy in Pittsburgh to fill that position anytime soon.


  • Always a great sign for your organization when other teams want your coaches. Steelers used to get raided constantly.

  • Nice that he’s being considered and recognized for his work. However, initial impressions I have on Luhnow is that he’s even more dogmatic than Neal and will likely give players even less chance to succeed if they fail at first. Although, like Neal, he could get better and grow into the job.

  • Good luck to him if he gets it.. seems like a good fit.. stros have a lot of young developing talent similar to buccos last four years

  • I would like to keep the coaching and developmental staff together for another couple years if we can! But it is a HUGE decision for him and if it turns out to be the best option for him and his family then good luck to him!

  • great opportunity for him.
    I hope he turns them down.