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Saturday a.m. Rangers things

Saturday morning news and links


Good morning, everyone.  Its a Jeff Banister type morning, as far as links go.

Anthony Andro has a story on the Banister hire, saying Banister brings a certain presence to the job.

Jeff Wilson has a story on Banister being introduced as the Rangers manager, including a quote from Derek Holland, who says Banister is "the white Wash."

Evan Grant has a blog post up with five quick impressions on Banister.

Calvin Watkins has a story up on the Banister hire.

T.R. Sullivan writes that Banister has had a myriad of battles in his life, and never gave up.  Sullivan also has a piece on what Banister says he wants in his players, and what he wants to do as manager.

Evan writes that Banister's hiring will mean increasing use of analytics on the field by the Rangers, something the Pirates did quite a bit of in recent years.

Kevin Sherrington has a column on Banister's remarkable back story, which includes a battle with cancer and being paralyzed temporarily after an on-field collision in college.

Jean-Jacques Taylor says Jon Daniels was drawn to Banister's authenticity.

Stefan Stevenson has a piece on Banister's background and family.

Banister met with Mike Maddux yesterday, and talked to Tim Bogar and Dave Magadan, as the team works towards getting its coaching staff firmed up.

ESPN Dallas's burning questions continues, with a look at who the starting pitchers next season will be for Texas.

And Watkins has notes on Tanner Scheppers, Colby Lewis, and Yu Darvish.