The Rangers to hire Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as manager


Most of the chatter before today was that interim manager Tim Bogar was the favorite to take over as the next Rangers manager. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that it’s Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister:

Banister has been the Pirates bench coach for the past four seasons. He has been with the Pirates since he was drafted by them in 1986. He got one major league at bat with them and it was a hit. So he has a career 1.000 batting average. Which is pretty sweet.

After his playing career ended at the end of the 1993 season he became a full-time coach and manager in the Pirates system and has held various positions in the organization since. The Rangers job will be his first for anyone other than the Pirates.

In an age where teams are hiring former big leaguers with no experience, the Rangers have gone decidedly old school here and hire someone who not only worked their way up through the system, but lived, breathed and basically became one with the system over decades.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.