Surprising New Astros Managerial Candidate Emerges
A surprising new Astros managerial candidate emerged on Monday.
Houston fired former skipper A.J. Hinch last week after the revelation of a cheating scandal that occurred on his watch.
Now the franchise is attempting to move forward by starting a new chapter with a different manager.
According to MLB sources former Rangers manager Jeff Banister has been contacted by the #Astros and will interview with team officials this week as the club continues its search for a new manager.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 21, 2020
According to Fox 26 Houston insider Mark Berman, Houston has reached out to former Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister about possibly filling the vacancy.
An interview has been scheduled for next week.
The 56-year-old Banister currently serves as a special assistant for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Banister managed Texas for four years starting in 2015.
Over the course of his time with the Pirates he amassed a record of 325 victories and 313 defeats. In the process, the team won a pair of divisional titles.
Although Banister never made much of a mark in the playoffs, he was relatively solid over the course of his tenure as skipper.
The Astros are expected to make a final decision on who they are going to hire at some point in the next few weeks.