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First impresssions: Five really quick thoughts on new Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister

ARLINGTON – Our esteemed columnist – and I really mean that because he’s awesome – Kevin Sherrington will have a more well thought-out assessment of his impressions of new Rangers manager Jeff Banister in the morning paper (thought it should …

Notes: Scheppers ahead of schedule

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tanner Scheppers threw a bullpen session Friday and is ahead of schedule in his recovery from elbow issues that plagued him last season, according to Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels. Scheppers, who was the club's opening day starter, didn't return in the 2014 season after being diagnosed with an inflamed right elbow in early June. Scheppers was one of the Rangers' better setup men in 2013 but was moved to the rotation in spring training.

Rangers moving on with Jeff Banister

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It’s been a little more than a year since Nolan Ryan was involved in the decision making process for the Texas Rangers. There were some ties to Ryan around the ballpark until Sept. 5, when manager Ron Washington stepped away for personal reasons. With Jeff Banister taking over as Rangers manager Friday, it signaled a new beginning for the organization. “Nolan has been gone a year and we have to go forward,” Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis said Friday.
Rangers introduce Jeff Banister as 18th manager in club history

Rangers introduce Jeff Banister as 18th manager in club history

Banister has spent his entire 29-year career in the Pirates organization.

‘Blue collar’ Jeff Banister: Rangers will show up to play, show up to win

New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister, formerly the Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach, watches batting practice prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Burning Questions: Who are the starting pitchers?

We conclude our Five Burning Questions series of the Texas Rangers by looking at the starting rotation. Now that we know who the manager is, Jeff Banister, we can no longer speculate, well maybe we can still do that, in terms of what the team will do. GM Jon Daniels said the club is making starting pitching its No. 1 priority but the payroll, $133.5 million last season, will remain in that range. So can the Rangers go after the top-tier free agents in Jon Lester, Max Scherzer and James Shields?
Rangers to hire Pirates coach Jeff Banister as manager

Rangers to hire Pirates coach Jeff Banister as manager

The Pittsburgh bench coach will succeed Ron Washington, edging out Tim Bogar and Kevin Cash.1989 World Series: ppd. earthquakeRangers decline club option on Alex RiosJeff Wilson on TwitterOn FacebookFoul TerritoryStefan Stevenson on Twitter

Rangers GM Daniels settles for ‘Clint Lite’ as new manager

With Clint Hurdle unavailable, the Rangers went with his right-hand man instead of Tim Bogar.
Baltimore Sun Oct 16, 2014

Rangers hire Banister as manager

The Texas Rangers have hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.

Tim Bogar's status uncertain

With the Rangers officially hiring Jeff Banister as their manager on Thursday, it means the coaching staff is in a fluid situation. One thing we know is Triple-A manager Steve Buechele will keep that gig in Round Rock and might get promoted to the big club after an impressive interview with club officials. As for Tim Bogar, the bench coach who took over for Ron Washington in September, his status is unknown. GM Jon Daniels said Bogar interviewed well for the full-time managers job, yet, Banister won the job.

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels: ‘Jeff Banister is a winner and a survivor in every sense of the words’

In announcing the hiring of new manager Jeff Banister Thursday afternoon, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he was a ‘winner and survivor in every sense of the word’ Banister, 49, will be introduced Friday at 11 a.m. CT in …

Sources: Gary Pettis will leave Texas Rangers coaching staff

Outfield instructor and third base coach Gary Pettis, who had the longest current service to the Rangers among 2014 coaches, will not be part of new manager Jeff Banister’s staff, two sources said Thursday. Pettis, 56, is taking a coaching …

Jeff Banister a proponent of sabermetrics

In late September, Grantland did a wonderful story on the Pittsburgh Pirates and how they rely on sabermetrics, the stuff old school baseball people either hate or don't understand. Well, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, an old-school baseball guy, has embraced sabermetrics, as did his bench coach Jeff Banister, who was just hired by the Texas Rangers. This piece by Ben Lindberg profiles what the Pirates do and offers some references to Banister, and it could give you an insight to what the Rangers' new manager might be about.

Source: Texas Rangers to name Jeff Banister manager

The Rangers will hire Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager, a major league source confirmed Thursday. The club is expected to make an announcement Thursday afternoon. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, citing unnamed sources, tweeted the hiring …

Burning Questions: Is there confidence in Neftali Feliz as the closer?

We continue our Five Burning Questions for the Texas Rangers' 2015 season by looking at the closer's job. Can Neftali Feliz take over the closer's role again? Feliz was given the closer's role in mid-July after the trade of Joakim Soria. Feliz's shaky velocity was a concern early, but there were times he hit the upper 90s with his fastball and that has given the Rangers confidence he can become the closer again in 2015. He pitched on consecutive days four times after getting the closer's job back and saved 13 games.

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