Banister Back With Bucs To Win A World Series

Banister was recently hired as a special assistant, baseball operations.

The Fan Morning Show
January 08, 2019 - 12:14 pm

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BRADENTON, Fl (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off minicamp Monday in Bradenton, Florida. On Sunday, General Manager Neal Huntington announced that Jeff Banister was rejoining the Pirates organization as a special assistant, baseball operations.

Banister spent the past four seasons managing the Texas Rangers and prior to that spent 29 years with the Pirates organization.

While with the Rangers, Banister lead the Rangers to back-to-back AL West Division titles in 2015-16 but told the Fan Morning Show Tuesday from Bradenton, “I couldn’t be more excited to be back in the black and gold.”

Banister says his new role consists of various duties but the most important thing for him is just being a part of the organization again.

“The realization is . . . I’ve been away for four years, there’s a lot of different things here a lot of great people have come into this organization,” said Banister. “The thing that I want to do is to be able to take my experience and add value and then to continue to allow these guys to shape and mold me and help push me forward too.”

While all that is nice, Banister says the ultimate goal is to win a World Series Championship in Pittsburgh.

“There’s one goal in mind and that’s win a world championship, it’s been a long time, I think 40 years we haven’t don’t that and I want to be one of the guys that helps raise that trophy someday.”

Banister says what he takes away from his time in Texas is how the organization stressed all of the little things that everyone needs to do to get to that World Series.

“It’s a partnership, it takes everybody It takes the barista in Starbucks, it takes the usher down in 115 it takes every one of those players that suit up every night and coaches and staff and scouts, to do their job properly to prepare us to go out and play,” said Banister.

While he is pleased to be back in Pittsburgh he says he has a desire to manage again in the majors.

“The desire’s still there, however you put those types of desires on the backburner and I’ve always been this way and continue to be this way.  That loyalty to me is paramount, understanding who you are and what your position is inside an organization and doing your job is paramount as well and so I have an opportunity to be part of an organization I love dearly.”

Pitchers and catcher report to Bradenton on February 13, position players on February 18.

Their first Spring Training Game is February 23 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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