The Texas Rangers have rewarded manger Jeff Banister with a contract extension through the 2018 season.
In his first season as manager, Banister turned the Texas Rangers from a team that went 67-95 in 2014, to an 88-74 record in 2015 and winning the American League West title, along with a trip to the playoffs.
When Banister first began, things were not going well at all for the Texas Rangers organization. Yu Darvish was lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery in spring training, Derek Holland was ruled out for at least half the season after suffering a shoulder injury in the home opener, and the Rangers offense was mediocre.
After a month into the season, the Rangers were 7-14, and they were at the bottom of the A.L. West standings. It looked as though it was going to be a long season of embarrassment for the Texas Rangers.
But that did not happen. It all began to change with the second half of the 2015 MLB season. The Rangers all of a sudden began winning series and began climbing the standings of the A.L. West. For weeks and weeks, they chased their rivals, the Houston Astros who held first place for a majority of the season. When the Rangers finally took first place, they never let go and eventually brought the A.L West trophy back to Arlington.
When Jeff Banister was hired, many Ranger fans didn’t think he was the one that would turn the team around, but Banister proved everyone wrong. His relationship with the players was a big aspect to turning the team around.
Jeff Banister may be the one that can take the Texas Rangers back to the World Series.