PERSONAL: Jeffrey Todd Banister…wife's name is Karen…has two children; daughter Alexandra (4/30/95) and son Jacob (4/5/02)…Alexandra recently completed her senior season on the volleyball team at Baylor University…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…had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips and a bone spur from right elbow on 1/11/16.
BACK-TO-BACK: Banister has guided the Rangers to consecutive A.L. West Division titles…is just the fourth manager to capture division crowns in his first two seasons as a major league manager since the start of three-division play in 1994… is the only ML skipper to win division titles in both 2015 and 2016 and one of 4 managers to qualify for the postseason in both years, joining the Mets' Terry Collins, the Blue Jays' John Gibbons, and the Cubs' Joe Maddon…is one of 3 Rangers' managers to ever lead the club to a division title, joining Johnny Oates (1996; 1998; 1999) and Ron Washington (2010; 2011)… the 7 overall A.L. West titles by Texas are the most for any team in three-division play, one more than the Angels and A's… Oakland was the last club to win consecutive A.L. West crowns, in 2012 and 2013.
WINS: Has posted a 183-141 (.565) record in his 2 seasons as the Rangers' manager…Texas' winning percentage matched the Dodgers (183-141) for the third highest in the majors for 2015-16 behind the Cubs at .619 (200-123) and the Cardinals at .574 (186-138). Has the second best career winning percentage among all current ML managers (320 or more games) behind STL's Mike Matheny at .569 (461-349), the 20th best all-time (320+ games)…is already fifth all-time in victories among Rangers' managers with the highest winning percentage of any Texas skipper with at least 300 total games.
TOP TWO FINISHES: Has placed first (2015) and second (2016) in A.L. Manager of the Year voting in his first 2 seasons on the job…finished as runner-up to CLE's Terry Francona in the 2016 vote, landing 64 points to Francona's 128 total…recorded 4 first-place votes, 2nd-most to Francona (22), and was selected on 24 of 30 ballots. Selected as the BBWAA 2015 A.L. Manager of the Year following his first season as Texas manager…received 17 of 30 first-place votes for the award, finishing with 112 total points, 30 more than runner-up A.J. Hinch (82) of the Houston Astros…he also received 8 second-place votes and 3 third-place votes to reach 112 points on the 5-3-1 scoring system…was named on 28 of 30 ballots, the most of any manager in a year that saw 5 different managers receive first place votes…it marked the third time that a Rangers manager has been so honored since the BBWAA began the award in 1983…Johnny Oates shared the award with New York's Joe Torre in 1996 and Buck Showalter was selected in 2004…it marked just the fifth time that an individual with no previous major league managerial experience has captured a BBWAA award, the first ever in the A.L…first-year N.L. managers to do it: HOU's Hal Lanier in 1986, SF's Dusty Baker in 1993, FLA's Joe Girardi in 2006, and WAS' Matt Williams in 2014
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.