Rangers fire manager with a week left in the season

Ruben Hill
September 22, 2018

The Texas Rangers have parted ways with their Manager Jeff Banister after almost four seasons at the helm, the team announced on Friday.

Wins and losses were not the main cause for the Rangers deciding to end his tenure after almost full four seasons. They had lost four in a row and 11 of 15.

"I informed Jeff Banister of our decision earlier today", Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels said in a statement.

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will serve as the interim manager for the rest of the season, which ends September 30 at Seattle.

"This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation".

But the player-manager relationship had deteriorated in each of Banister's seasons. Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now.

The Rangers were 88-74 in Banister's managerial debut in 2015, and matched a team record with an American League-high 95 wins in 2016. They were 78-84 a year ago.

Banister won AL Manager of the Year in 2015 and won back-to-back AL West titles in his first two years on the job, but things have gone backwards quickly and this year they are on their way to 90 losses and finishing in last place.

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

The Rangers have seven position players age 25 or younger who have gotten at least 300 at-bats this season.

Injuries and under achievement has been the order of the day for the past two years and, with the career of Adrian Beltre nearing its end and the Rangers having been passed up by the Astros as the class of the division, a full rebuild is in the club's future. But as the 2017 season began to reveal itself as the. Wakamatsu previously managed the Seattle Mariners during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, recording a 127-147 record. But unlike the Rangers, they're expected to wait until the end of the season.

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