Rangers fire manager Jeff Banister after four seasons

Jeff Banister

Jeff Banister

The Texas Rangers announced that they have fired Banister in the midst of his fourth season at the helm of the club.

The Rangers, virtually eliminated from contention prior to June, now sit in last place in the American League West with 10 games to play. He adds that this could be the first decision in a broad remake of the organization as the Rangers try to turn things around under general manager Jon Daniels. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the 2018 campaign, according to John Blake, the team's longtime executive vice president of communications. "On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jeff and his family the best".

Dallas Morning News writer Evan Grant broke the news, as the Rangers will look for another leader in the clubhouse.

But the player-manager relationship had deteriorated in each of Banister's seasons.

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Sources in both of those articles said the club was considering whether Banister was the right man to lead a rebuilding club. But unlike the Rangers, they're expected to wait until the end of the season.

It's hard to exclusively blame Bannister for the Rangers' shortcomings this year. Cole Hamels (traded) and Doug Fister (injured) were the others. Whether that comes via trade, internally, or on the free agent market, is to be determined. The club fell to a disappointing third place and a 78-84 record last season, however and, after an offseason that neither helped the Rangers rebuild OR reload, this season the descent has continued. Entering play Friday, they sit at 64-88.

Banister did have some success with other young players including Jurickson Profar, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman.

Banister's tenure in Texas started like a firework, as his #NeverEverQuit motto became the rallying cry of a Rangers team that caught fire in the second half of 2015, surging to overtake the Houston Astros for the division title.

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