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.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 27, 2014