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 with the Pirates, managing five of those seasons in the minors. He has also managed two years of winter ball and he is about to begin his second season of managing in the Arizona Fall League.