Fastest to 300. 45 comments


Mr. 300, Rangers Manager Jeff Banister.

 

Congratulations to Jeff Banister.

With last night’s 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers, Banister becomes the fastest Texas Rangers manager to 300 wins. It took him 574 games.

If you don’t count interim manager Tim Bogar, who at 14-8 had a winning percentage of .636 but in a small sample size, Banister has the second-highest winning percentage of any Rangers manager at .522, barely squeaking past Ron Washington who ended his Rangers managerial career with a .521 winning percentage. Billy Hunter, who managed Texas in 1977 and 1978 is highest at .575.

Banister has won Manager of the Year. He’s led his teams to two division championships. And now this fastest to 300 wins. He is building quite a resumé in Arlinugton.

But while he reached that 300 threshold so quickly, it hasn’t come without some difficulty. Of the 574 games in which he has managed, the Rangers have been under .500 after 285 of them, or nearly half, at 49.6 percent. This season they have been under .500 after 87 of their 88 games played. In 2016 it was 123 of 162. Just 4 of 162 in 2016, and 71 of 162 in 2015.

That’s because his teams are known for getting off to horrendous starts in three of his four seasons as manager. He was helped in 2015 when Jon Daniels made the trade for Cole Hamels that turned around the downward trajectory of his first managerial season and won him that Manager of the Year award.

And, while Bannister is the quickest to 300,  he hasn’t been able to win a playoff series, losing to Toronto in both 2015 and 206. Unfortunately, with the personnel he has been given, he won’t be winning a playoff series for a while.

But a huge tip of the cap to Jeff Banister. Fastest to 300.

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TODAY’S GAME:

Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.76) vs. Jordan Zimmerman (3-0, 3.91)
Game time: 6:10

How the Rangers hit against Zimmerman.
How the Tigers hit against Colon.

 

  • JacobMcCandles

    I like Banny the man. Not so much the MANager…300 is nice, but he is a failure with what he has been given.

  • GoRangers23

    Well, now we will probably never get rid of him. I agree with what Jake said below. Banister seems to be a good man, but I’m not fond of his managerial skills, especially pitching management.

  • GoRangers23

    I hope Bartolo gets his win tonight!

  • JacobMcCandles
  • elkaba

    Banister may not have been given much to work with lately, but he certainly hasn’t done much with whatever he had before. So which is he? The chicken or the egg? LOL

    • JacobMcCandles

      Get your astute point. But regardless of what you are given you can still be evald. And Banny is a D-

      • elkaba

        Have to agree.

    • Rowdy Yates

      The shell?

  • Nathan Whitten

    I think that most fans take issue with Banister’s use of pitchers and we have good reasons for doing so. That said, his locked-in style of removing pitchers when all is going well just because, err well, just because is not that unusual in today’s MLB. Managers that adapt to situational substitutions on the mound are not typical. Washington “handled” pitching the same way. No creativity. I think that the Rangers are much better off than they were under Washington. Banister seems to use the rest of his players wisely when compared to his predecessor. That’s not saying much. Washington certainly has not been seen as a viable hire when openings occur. It’s really odd that the two best seasons in the team’s history came with a manager that had so little feel for the game. Would things have been better had Banister been the manager when the Rangers were seen as one of the best teams in the game? It’s hard to say. It’s really pointless to wonder, so I’ll stop. I’ll say congratulations to Banister. Of course I still appreciate Washington just for being there, even if his baseball IQ didn’t seem to be very high. Is Banister a better manager? I would think so. Should the Rangers keep him? I see no reason to change managers. He does seem to get his points across, although it seems to take a long time. This year’s team could never contend, but if given a start-over in June, they would be as good as the Angels. Just think how disappointing that team has been. Injuries. We know how that feels.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Whoa. Appreciate and embrace the opinion….but Wash IQ was top of the line….and to rate Banny over the man who stewarded this team to the best years ever……???🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

      • Nathan Whitten

        I liked Wash and defended him on mlb.com. as hardbim. That said, I still wonder what would have happened with a great team under a different manager. Yes, Oates would be my choice. We’ll never know what would have gotten that last strike. It wouldn’t be the manager.

        • elkaba

          Hardbim! I remember you. 🙂

          • GoRangers23

            I do too. I just told my husband the same thing. 🙂

        • JacobMcCandles

          A great manager got them there. Can’t blame players performance on the mgr when you are that close

          Oates was a good man…don’t measure up to Wash

          ..will say having JD was better than Grieveless

    • dearmidol

      My favorite was Johnny Oates.

      • Nathan Whitten

        No doubt about it.

    • elkaba

      I’d take Wash back over Banister in a heartbeat. And I think he hasn’t found another chance yet because of the way he left the team mid season- not a good bullet point on the resume- not because he isn’t considered one of the best of the old school managers around baseball. But I expect he’s about done with his punishment and will be back in the captain’s seat sooner rather than later. He’s too good to waste as 3B coach.

      • JacobMcCandles

        He turned down at least 1 offer, maybe two

        • elkaba

          I hadn’t heard that.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Oakland for sure..and the Nats talked about it…..IDK but I think Wash didn’t want the pressure..and he was in spousal repair…which IMO was a good thing.

            Ryan giving him the chance was honourable

  • GoRangers23
    • Nathan Whitten

      Thanks for the posts. I’ll bet that Choo’s place surprises many. He may be overpaid, but he is now a player that truly produces. I’m glad he is a Ranger.
      Trout is an incredible player. I wish he was in Arlington. I don’t think that the Angels will ever compete…or not any time soon. It’s too bad for him.
      Kela has been amazing. You’re right about trade value of most any reliever. A few can make a difference. Not many.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Halos are solid……injuries##

      • JacobMcCandles

        Halos are sold
        ..

        Injuries killed them.

      • GoRangers23

        You’re welcome! 😄

  • Rowdy Yates

    Saw almost nothing of the Rangers goos past few weeks because of travel and wife and I are now at airport leaving for Norway. So, maybe the Rangers will go on another win streak. I hope!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Lilie Hammer

    • GoRangers23

      Stay safe Rowdy! Have a good trip!

  • dearmidol

    It never ends. I’m in Austin, just loaded up my youngest daughter’s things and moving her to Houston.

    • Nathan Whitten

      No, it doesn’t. But it usually gets better.

    • JacobMcCandles

      At least you are leaving God forsaken Austin

    • GoRangers23

      Bless your heart.

    • GoRangers23

      You would really benefit from some son-in-laws 😄

  • TD30

    Gallo scratched after colliding with DeShields in outfield during BP. Has a little blurred vision.

    • GoRangers23

      That does not sound good at all!

      😳. How in this world did little Delino collide with huge Joey, and Joey end up being the one that goes down?? That. Is. Crazy!

      • TD30

        Who knows? But blurred vision sounds like he will likely be on concussion protocol for 7 days.

  • TD30

    New lineup: Choo DH, Andrus 6, Mazara 9, Beltre 5, Odor 4, Chirinos 2, Guzman 3, Rua 7, DeShields 8, Colon 1

  • GoRangers23

    That is boloney! Delino looked totally safe to me.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Good grief…is Choo on roids

  • dearmidol

    Yes, her new apartment is on the third floor. No there is no elevator.

    I am in pursuit of beer colder than the Rangers bats.

    • GoRangers23

      Ha!

  • GoRangers23

    Poo!

    • dearmidol

      It appears the Rangers ran into good pitching.

      • GoRangers23

        I guess so. That’s too bad, I was hoping Bartolo would get another win.

  • GoRangers23

    Joey has a “slightly scratched eye” from colliding with Delino. I’m glad it’s not a concussion, but a scratch on his eye…yow!