TEXAS: Officially named the 18th full-time manager in Rangers history on Oct. 16, 2014, his first major league managing job...a Houston-area resident before joining the Rangers, he has lifelong Texas ties...attended high school in LaMarque and played at Baytown Junior College and the University of Houston...research indicates he is the first manager in club history to have gone to high school or college in Texas...was originally scheduled to manage the Scottsdale Scorpions in fall of 2014 but withdrew once he became involved in the Rangers' interview process.
PITTSBURGH: Has spent his entire 29-year professional career in the Pittsburgh organization since he was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 1986 June draft...served as a player/coach in 1993 before beginning his coaching career in earnest in 1994.
COACHING CAREER: Spent the last four-plus seasons as the major league bench coach under former Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle...the Pirates went to the National League playoffs as a Wild Card entry in each of the last two years in Pittsburgh after a string of 20 consecutive losing seasons...originally tabbed as Pirates bench coach on Aug. 8, 2010 when Gary Varsho was removed from staff, and was named to that position full-time on Nov. 24, 2010 after Hurdle was hired as the club's new manager...prior to joining the big league staff, served eight seasons as the club's minor league field coordinator from 2003-10...in 2004, managed at Lynchburg for two weeks during a managerial change...after the 2009 campaign, managed Scottsdale Scorpions to a second-place finish with a 15-16 record in the Arizona Fall League...in four years from 1999-2002, was field coordinator at the major league level, assisting the Pirates coaching staff in various aspects of instruction both at home and on the road.
Compiled a career 299-330 (.475) record over five seasons as a minor league manager from 1994-98...after one season (1993) as a player/coach with Carolina (AA), spent first year as a manager with Welland of the New York-Penn League in 1994...his 1995 Augusta club won the South Atlantic League championship...managed at Lynchburg in Carolina League in 1996 and for the first half of 1997, but spent second half of 1997 and all of 1998 with Double-A Carolina in Southern League...also managed in Hawaiian Winter League in 1995 and 1996, advancing to playoffs each season, with his Honolulu club taking the championship in 1995.
PLAYING CAREER: Played eight seasons in the Pittsburgh system from 1986-93, missing the entire 1992 campaign due to right elbow surgery...compiled a .247 average with 37 home runs and 204 RBI in 515 minor league games...had one major league game in his career, posting a pinch-hit single off Atlanta's Dan Petry on July 23, 1991 at Three Rivers Stadium in his lone career MLB plate appearance...pinch-hit for Doug Drabek in the seventh inning of that 12-3 Pirates win and never appeared in the field in a game between the eventual NLCS opponents.
PERSONAL: Jeffrey Todd Banister...wife's name is Karen...has two children; daughter Alexandra (4/30/95) and son Jacob (4/5/02)...is a 1982 graduate of LaMarque (TX) High School, where he played baseball, football and golf...was a quarterback and linebacker on the football team...has battled bone cancer and osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone or bone marrow) throughout his professional career, in addition to having seven operations on his left ankle and leg in 1980...played for Baytown (TX) Junior College, where he had his vertebrae crushed in a home-plate collision that left him temporarily paralyzed from the neck down...attended the University of Houston in 1985-86...shared the NBC Sportsman-of-the-Week award with Dennis Martinez (who threw a perfect game for the Expos) after making his big league debut in 1991…was the first recipient of the Gilda Radner Courage Award (1991-92)...received the "Pride of the Pirates" award in 2011, recognizing a member of the Pirates family who has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, dedication and outstanding character during a lifetime of service...has represented the Rangers at many events since being hired...participated in Rangers Winter Caravan and a one-day media tour to Lubbock, Oklahoma City and College Station...also visited the Salesmanship Club, Rotary Club of Dallas, Rotary Club of Fort Worth...joined members of his coaching staff in an Amateur Coaches Clinic hosted by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation on Jan. 25, 2015...participated in Rangers' annual hospital visits in December, toy drive finale, and Evening with the Rangers benefit on Dec. 17, 2014.