ARLINGTON, TX (AP) - STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
The Texas Rangers have hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.
Banister got the nod over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash.
General manager Jon Daniels said Thursday night that Banister won over the Rangers during the interview process. Daniels described Banister as the best fit for a team that quickly wants to recreate a winning culture after its most losses since 1985.
Banister will be formally introduced Friday during a news conference at the Rangers ballpark.
The 49-year-old Banister has been Pittsburgh's bench coach for manager Clint Hurdle the past four years and in the Pirates organization for 29 seasons. Hurdle was the Rangers' hitting coach when they went to their first World Series in 2010.