The Texas Rangers have fired manager Jeff Banister after four seasons with the team. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will take over as interim manager for the remaining 10 games.
Under Banister, the Rangers went 325-313 and reached the ALDS in consecutive seasons, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays both times. Banister was also named American League Manager of the Year in 2015.
General manager Jon Daniels said he informed Jeff Banister of the decision on Thursday, a day off for the team.
“This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation. However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward,” Daniels said. “Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now.”
Last October, the Rangers exercised Banister’s option for 2019, but the team has since suffered through a miserable season.