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Bogar won’t coach for the Rangers

Interim manager Tim Bogar is not returning to the Rangers. That was the conclusion after Bogar talked with GM Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister

Rangers announce Jeff Banister as new manager

The Rangers have officially announced Jeff Banister as their new manager

He will be introduced at a press conference on Friday

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club vetted over 40 names before selecting eight to interview. He said 12 club officials participated in the interview process.

Daniels said Banister “won the job” rather than anybody else lost it.

“What stood out is his presence,” Daniels said. “He is an impressive guy to meet. You can understand how he can command a room.”

The next step is set the coaching staff. Third base coach Gary Pettis has taken a job with the Astros.

Other coaches will meet with Banister including Tim Bogar and pitching coach Mike Maddux. Hitting coach Dave Magadan is interviewing with the Yankees and Mets.

Daniels said Banister will not have to keep any coaches he doesn’t want. Daniels will also have a say in the coaching staff.

Jeff Banister is the Rangers new manager

ARLINGTON – The Rangers have hired Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager, according to a source. He replaces Tim Bogar, who served as interim manager for the final 22 games of the season.

Banister, Bogar and Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash were the three finalists for the position. The Rangers also interviewed pitching coach Mike Maddux, Triple A manager Steve Buechele, White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and Puerto Rico winter league executive Alex Cora.

The outside hire leaves the coaching staff in a state of uncertainty. Hitting coach Dave Magadan has been approached by the Mets and Yankees. The Rangers have reportedly reached out to Athletics hitting coach Chili Davis. Maddux remains unsigned for next season.

Banister is a Texas native with an extraordinary background. He developed bone cancer in his left leg in high school that doctors initially wanted to amputate. But the leg was saved through multiple operations and he continued his baseball career in college. At Baytown (Tx.) College, he suffered a crushed vertebrae as a catcher in a collision at home plate and was paralyzed for ten days. <p>

He still ended up playing at the University of Houston and was drafted by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 1986 First-Year Player Draft. He has spent 29 years in the Pirates organization as a player, coach and Minor League coordinator. He had one at-bat in the Major Leagues with a single in 1992. <p>

Bogar served as interim manager for the Rangers after Ron Washington resigned on September. Bogar was in his first season as Washington’s bench coach and led the Rangers to a 14-8 record, including 13 wins in their final 16 games.

Banister is Rangers manager

Jeff Banister will be the next Rangers manager. An Announcement is expected today

Three finalists: Tim Bogar, Kevin Cash, Jeff Banister

The Rangers finalists are Tim Bogar, Jeff Banister and Kevin Cash. They are the three left standing in the Rangers managerial search but no indication when the Rangers will make a final decision.

Rangers announce six candidates

The Rangers have announced six candidates for their managerial search

They have already interviewed Steve Buechele and Mike Maddux,

Jeff Banister—Bench Coach, Pittsburgh Pirates
Tim Bogar—Interim Manager, Texas Rangers
Kevin Cash—Bullpen Coach, Cleveland Indians
Alex Cora—Manager and General Manager, Caguas Criollos (Puerto Rican Winter League)
Torey Lovullo—Bench Coach, Boston Red Sox
Joe McEwing—Third Base Coach, Chicago White Sox
 

Daniels on Bogar, manager, free agency

Jon Daniels to the media:

The Rangers will interview Tim Bogar, Steve Buechele and Mike Maddux plus outside candidates. Bogar is a strong candidate but the Rangers want a thorough search

Starting pitching will be the No. 1 priority although the Rangers are not likely to be players for James Shields, Max Scherzer or Jon Lester.

Rangers will also look for a corner bat and somebody to share catching duties with Robinson Chirinos.

Rangers Class A team will be in High Desert in the California League.

Buechele has spoken to the Astros about their managerial job.

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