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Did you know AL Manager of the Year Jeff Banister batted 1.000 during his playing career?

AL MOY Banister batted 1.000 as a player

Jeff Banister was named AL Manager of the Year on Tuesday for his work with the Rangers this season (Joe Maddon won for the NL). Banister took over a team that had finished in last place in 2014 and guided it to its sixth division title in franchise history. Texas also overcame an eight-game deficit as late as Aug. 2. It's a feat Rangers fans (and probably Drake) can appreciate.

Along the way, the 51-year-old stood up for his star players:

And made some solid, all-important managerial faces:



So, in one year of managing, Banister has won his position's most prestigious award -- the first time such an occurrence has happened in the AL. He's 1-for-1. Weirdly enough, that's his same line from when he was a Major League Baseball player.

The former Pirates catcher got called up for one game against the Braves on July 23, 1991, and was put in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. Banister recorded an infield single, never played on defense and never made another MLB appearance again: 

He's one of just 15 position players in history to record a hit in his lone plate appearance. This was after defeating cancer and suffering three crushed vertebrae earlier in his life.

It all made the award on Tuesday night that much more to be proud of.

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