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Banister interviewing for Astros manager: ‘It’d mean the world to me’

Jeff Banister could be heading back to Texas.

Banister, who spent 29 years with the Pirates as a player and coach throughout the major- and minor-league system, notably served as the team's bench coach from 2011 to 2014 before taking a job as manager for the Rangers.

There, Banister served from 2015 to 2018, winning AL Manager of the Year in 2015 and making the postseason in both 2015 and 2016. The team fired him in 2018 following back-to-back sub-.500 seasons, and the Pirates re-hired him as a special assistant in baseball operations in early 2019.