SURPRISE, AZ — Can you smell a hint of spring in the air this week? Well if you can, it’s probably because baseball is almost back! Yeah the Rangers were back in the bases as they started up Spring Training out in Surprise, Arizona, and the first big news of the season wasn’t much of a surprise at all!
The team announced that they have extended manager Jeff Banister’s contract through 2018!
“Ecstatic, elation, but more than anything else, proud of the relationship and partnership that we’ve built and continue to grow,” said Banister, “The recognition of where we’ve started, where we’ve gotten to in a short period of time, but also just the faith in a group of coaches and myself as a manager to be able to continue to grow and continue to make an impact.”
Well “Banny” has made a huge impact so far! This time last year, most thought the Rangers would be the cellar dwellers of the AL West, but they stunned everyone, winning the division and earning their first year skipper “AL Manager of the Year” honors.
But now the spotlight will be back on the team, just like it was after the World Series runs in 2010 and ’11, and expectations will be that this team can be right back on that stage.
But it all starts out in Arizona as Banny and the Boys put in work in February, in hopes that they’re still taking swings come October.