PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister has been hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and MLB Network tweeted out the news Thursday morning.

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Banister was one of three finalists for the position along with interim Rangers manager Tom Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash.

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Banister is thought to bring valuable experience to the position, having served with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle for the last four seasons.

Listen to 93-7 The Fan’s Colin Dunlap interview with Banister here:


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