By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to MLB Network & The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Texas Rangers have fired manager Jeff Banister. The team has announced that Don Wakamatsu will finish the season, as the interim manager.
This season, the Rangers are fifth in the American League West with a 64-88 record. They host the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
They are 31 games behind the Division-leading Houston Astros, who are 95-57. Texas is 32-46 at home this season. In addition, they are 32-42 on the road.
In their last 10 games, they are 3-7.
Banister, 54, had been the Rangers manager since the 2015 season. His first season with the team, he guided Texas to an 88-74 record.
Then, in his second season, he guided the team to a 95-67 record in 2016. However, the last two seasons, it has been a disaster. He’s gone 142-172 during that time frame.
In four seasons, he went 325-313 for a .509 win percentage. He also won the 2015 American League Manager of the Year.
Wakamatsu, 55, has previous managerial experience with the Seattle Mariners. He coached their team in 2009 and 2010.
He guided the team to an 85-77 record in 2009. Then, he went 42-70 in the second season, before being fired after having a .375 win percentage through 112 games.
His two-year record with the Mariners as a manager is 127-147.
This is the third manager, who has been fired this season. The Cincinnati Reds fired manager Bryan Price on April 19th and promoted Jim Riggleman to interim manager.
The St. Louis Cardinals then fired manager Mike Matheny on July 14th. He was replaced on an interim basis by Mike Schildt, who became the permanent manager on August 28th and received a contract extension with the team.
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