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Rangers exercise 2019 option on manager Jeff Banister

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The Texas Rangers have announced that they have exercised their 2019 option on manager Jeff Banister.

Texas missed the playoffs this year with a record of 78-84, but no one really thinks Banister is the cause for that. It was the bullpen more than anything, with a lot of guys who performed admirably in 2016 cratering this year. Rougned Odor took a step back in his first year of his big contract extension. Injuries to Adrian Beltre and Cole Hamels caused Texas to stumble along the way. Stuff happens.

In the past three seasons the 2015 Manager of the Year has a record of 261-225. That’s earned him the helm through next season and the season after that.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.