Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Texas Rangers Fire Manager Jeff Banister After Losing Seasons

Texas Rangers Fire Manager Jeff Banister After Losing Seasons

Banister took over the Rangers following a tumultuous 2014 season that saw the team finish in last place at 67-95 and former manager Ron Washington quit the team in murky circumstances. They had lost four in a row and 11 of 15.

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will serve as the interim manager for the rest of the season, which ends September 30 at Seattle. Banister was under contract through next season. However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward. Rangers brass, obviously, has made a decision to go in a different direction following what will be the club's worst finish in Banister's tenure.

Over the last two seasons, however, the Rangers have disappointed, finishing with back-to-back losing records for the first time since 2007-2008.

The Rangers repeated as West champs in 2016 and had the league's best record, but for the second straight season were ousted from the AL Division Series by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Wakamatsu rejoined the Rangers last November after four seasons as the bench coach in Kansas City.

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Banister was named the AL-Manager of the year in his first season with the club in 2015.

The Rangers have seven position players age 25 or younger who have gotten at least 300 at-bats this season. Only Mike Minor is left standing from the Rangers' opening day starting rotation as Matt Moore and Bartolo Colon have since been moved to the bullpen.

Mike Minor, who was a full-time reliever in Kansas City a year ago after missing two full seasons because of injury, is the only pitcher who began this season in the Rangers starting rotation and is still in it. Wakamatsu previously managed the Seattle Mariners during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, recording a 127-147 record.

They entered this season with a reduced payroll and a lot needed to go right for them to contend. Things went south quickly, with injuries a contributing factor, and by June the Rangers were fully engaged in a "development" mode, Daniels said.

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