Jeff Banister played in one major-league game, batting 1.000 on his career. The Texas Rangers liked that track record of success, and his 29 years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a player and coach, enough to hire him as their new manager.
“We believe that Jeff is the right individual to lead our club going forward,” Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels explained in a release. “His energy, knowledge, integrity, and passion for the game stood out during a very intensive and thorough interview process. We’re excited to get started on the task at hand.”
Ron Washington mysteriously resigned from managing the team on September 5. He later revealed that infidelity led to the departure.
The Rangers finished in last place in the AL West in 2014. Their 67-95 record placed them at the bottom of the American League and ahead of only Colorado and Arizona in all of baseball.