STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Texas Rangers have chosen Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.
The person confirmed multiple reports Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement from the Rangers.
Banister got the nod over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash. Bogar led the Rangers to a 14-8 record to end the regular season following manager Ron Washington’s sudden resignation Sept. 5.
The 49-year-old Banister has been Pittsburgh’s bench coach the past four seasons, and in the Pirates organization for 29 seasons.