Jeff Banister, current manager of the Texas Rangers, was chosen by a national selection group appointed by the Chuck Tanner Awards committee. Before joining the Rangers, Banister spent 29 years within Pittsburgh Pirate the organization as a player and coach in both the Pirates’ major and minor league system
The Rangers hired Banister as their manager during the 2014–15 offseason. He led the Rangers into post-season play with an 88 – 74 record
Banister spent the last four-plus seasons as the major league bench coach under former Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle now with the Pirates. Pittsburgh went to the National League playoffs as a Wild Card entry in each of the last two years.
Banister was then drafted by the Pirates in 1986. After playing a limited time in the majors, he ended his professional playing career (over 500 games in the minor leagues) after the 1993 season.