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