About Jeff Banister, Texas Rangers Manager
Jeff Banister has been the manager of the Texas Rangers since 2015, guiding the Rangers to the postseason in each of his first two seasons with the club. Following the 2015 campaign, Banister was named American League Manager of the Year after becoming the first manager in Rangers history to lead a team to a postseason berth in his first season.
The manager post with Texas was a homecoming for the LaMarque High School graduate. He returned to his home state after 29 seasons as a player, minor league manager, and major league coach in the Pittsburgh organization. The Pirates selected Banister in the 25th round of the June 1986 amateur draft and he had one major league game in his career, posting a pinch-hit single off July 23, 1991 in his lone career MLB plate appearance.
He has battled bone cancer and osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone or bone marrow) throughout his professional career, in addition to having seven operations on his left ankle and leg in 1980. He played for Baytown (TX) Junior College, where he had his vertebrae crushed in a home-plate collision that left him temporarily paralyzed from the neck down.
Jeff has represented the Rangers at many events and hosted several charitable endeavors since being hired.
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