Rangers hire Banister as manager

Banister will be the 18th full-time manager in Rangers history. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers announced Thursday that they have hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their next manager. Banister was chosen over a number of candidates, including Tim Bogar, who had been serving as interim manager since Ron Washington resigned on Sept. 5.

“He is a winner and a survivor,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “He is an impressive guy to meet. You can understand how he can command a room. The passion for winning and getting to know people as a person before the player stood out the most.”

In addition to Bogar, the Rangers interviewed Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Triple-A manager Steve Buchele, Chicago White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing, Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and Puerto Rico Winter League executive Alex Cora, who spent time with the Rangers as a player in 2010.

The Rangers finished 67-95 this season, the worst record in the American League.