TEXAS: Officially named the 18th full-time manager in Rangers history on Oct. 16, 2014, his first major league managing job...a Houston-area resident before joining the Rangers, he has lifelong Texas ties...attended high school in LaMarque and played at Baytown Junior College and the University of Houston...research indicates he is the first manager in club history to have gone to high school or college in Texas...was originally scheduled to manage the Scottsdale Scorpions in fall of 2014 but withdrew once he became involved in the Rangers' interview process.
FIRST-YEAR SUCCESS: Banister led the Rangers to the 2015 A.L. West Division title in his first season as a major league manager, a performance that resulted in his selection as winner of the American League Manager of the Year Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America… became the only manager in franchise history to guide the club to either a first place finish or a postseason berth in his first year as the team's manager, and joined Johnny Oates (1996, 1998-99) and Ron Washington (2010-11-12) as the only managers in Texas history to reach the postseason… Texas' 88 wins were also the most ever in the franchise histopry for a first-year manager, surpassing the 86 for both Ted Williams with the 1969 Senators and Kevin Kennedy with the 1993 Rangers…Texas lost the best-of-five A.L. Division Series against Toronto, 3-games-to-2. Since the start of three-division play in 1994, is just the seventh individual in his first year as a major league manager to win a division title, the fourth in the American League.
AWARD TOUR: Selected as the BBWAA 2015 A.L. Manager of the Year in a Nov. 17 announcement on MLB Network…received 17 of 30 first-place votes for the award, finishing with 112 total points, 30 more than runner-up A.J. Hinch (82) of the Houston Astros…he also received eight second-place votes and three third-place votes to reach 112 points on the 5-3-1 scoring system…was named on 28 of 30 ballots, the most of any manager in a year that saw five different managers receive first place votes…it marked the third time that a Rangers manager has been so honored since the BBWAA began the award in 1983…Johnny Oates shared the award with New York's Joe Torre in 1996 and Buck Showalter was selected in 2004…it marked just the fifth time that an individual with no previous major league managerial experience has captured a BBWAA award, the first ever in the A.L…first-year N.L. managers to do it: HOU's Hal Lanier in 1986, SF's Dusty Baker in 1993, FLA's Joe Girardi in 2006, and WAS' Matt Williams in 2014…was also named 2015 Chuck Tanner Major League Manager of the Year by the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh.
WINNING WAYS: With an 88-74 regular season record, the Rangers matched their ninth most wins ever in a season…club won 21 more games than in 2014 (67-95), the second-biggest jump in wins from 2014 to 2015 among ML clubs (Chicago Cubs-24) and the third best in Rangers history (full seasons only), as the team was +27 from 1973- 74 under Billy Martin and +25 from 1985-86 under Bobby Valentine…Rangers were also the fifth team in major league history - and second in the A.L. - to make the postseason after having their league's worst record the previous year (also 1991 Braves, 1998 Cubs, 2007 Cubs, and 2008 Rays)…Texas, which clinched a playoff spot on Oct. 1 in game 159 and won the A.L. West Division title on the final day of the regular season on Oct. 4, had the majors' third best record after the All-Star break at 46-28 (.622)…after posting an 8-16 record through May 3, Texas went 80-58 (.580) the rest of the year.
OTHER NOTES: Earned his first victory as a major league manager in season's second game on April 7 at OAK…was ejected five times: April 26 at LA Angels (Manny Gonzalez), May 31 vs. Boston (Todd Tichenor), Aug. 9 at Seattle (Lance Barrett), Aug. 23 at Detroit (Ron Kulpa), and Sept. 18 vs. Seattle (Chris Guccione).
ON A PLAYOFF RUN: Has been with teams that advanced to postseason play in each of the last three years…was the bench coach in Pittsburgh during the Pirates' N.L. Wild Card appearances in 2013 and 2014…Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati in the 2013 Wild Card game before losing to St. Louis in 5 games in the NLDS…Pirates lost to San Francisco in the 2014 Wild Card game.
PITTSBURGH: Has spent his entire 29-year professional career in the Pittsburgh organization since he was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 1986 June draft...served as a player/coach in 1993 before beginning his coaching career in earnest in 1994.
COACHING CAREER: Spent his final four-plus seasons as the major league bench coach under former Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle...the Pirates went to the National League playoffs as a Wild Card entry in each of the last two years in Pittsburgh after a string of 20 consecutive losing seasons...originally tabbed as Pirates bench coach on Aug. 8, 2010 when Gary Varsho was removed from staff, and was named to that position full-time on Nov. 24, 2010 after Hurdle was hired as the club's new manager...prior to joining the big league staff, served eight seasons as the club's minor league field coordinator from 2003-10...in 2004, managed at Lynchburg for two weeks during a managerial change...after the 2009 campaign, managed Scottsdale Scorpions to a second-place finish with a 15-16 record in the Arizona Fall League...in four years from 1999-2002, was field coordinator at the major league level, assisting the Pirates coaching staff in various aspects of instruction both at home and on the road.
Compiled a career 299-330 (.475) record over five seasons as a minor league manager from 1994-98...after one season (1993) as a player/coach with Carolina (AA), spent first year as a manager with Welland of the New York-Penn League in 1994...his 1995 Augusta club won the South Atlantic League championship...managed at Lynchburg in Carolina League in 1996 and for the first half of 1997, but spent second half of 1997 and all of 1998 with Double-A Carolina in Southern League...also managed in Hawaiian Winter League in 1995 and 1996, advancing to playoffs each season, with his Honolulu club taking the championship in 1995.
PLAYING CAREER: Played eight seasons in the Pittsburgh system from 1986-93, missing the entire 1992 campaign due to right elbow surgery...compiled a .247 average with 37 home runs and 204 RBI in 515 minor league games...had one major league game in his career, posting a pinch-hit single off Atlanta's Dan Petry on July 23, 1991 at Three Rivers Stadium in his lone career MLB plate appearance...pinch-hit for Doug Drabek in the seventh inning of that 12-3 Pirates win and never appeared in the field in a game between the eventual NLCS opponents.
PERSONAL: Jeffrey Todd Banister…wife's name is Karen…has two children; daughter Alexandra (April 30, 1995) and son Jacob (April 5, 2002)…Alexandra is a member of the volleyball team at Baylor University…shared the NBC Sportsman-ofthe-Week award with Dennis Martinez (who threw a perfect game for the Expos) after making his big league debut in 1991…was the first recipient of the Gilda Radner Courage Award (1991-92)…received the "Pride of the Pirates" award in 2011, recognizing a member of the Pirates family who has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, dedication and outstanding character during a lifetime of service…had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips and a bone spur from right elbow on Jan. 11, 2016…has represented the Rangers at many events since being hired…participated in Rangers Winter Caravan and a one-day media tour to College Station, Shreveport and Oklahoma City…also spoke at the Texas High School Coaches Association Convention in Waco and Louisiana Tech Baseball Banquet…participated in Rangers' annual hospital visits in December, toy drive finale, and Evening with the Rangers benefit on Dec. 16, 2015…also appeared at club's Fan Fest in January.