Rockies Find Their Man In Jeff Banister

Rockies Find Their Man In Jeff Banister

New Colorado Rockies General Manager Mitch Bannon has already started leaving his fingerprints over his new organization, filling the vacant Manager position earlier this week.

The man hoping to right the Rockies ship: Jeff Banister.

Banister, 52 years old, has been around the block in the minors these past few seasons, taking the reigns of the AA affiliate of the Indians, as well as the Rookie League squads for the Yankees and Mariners. Prior to his (now successful) bid at a Major League Manager role, Banister was the bench coach for the Pirates and Mariners. As a minor league Manager, Banister has made the playoffs at various levels three of the past four seasons, and Bannon and the Rockies hope he can bring that luck to the Major League Level.

Bannon inked his new Manager to a three year deal, paying just over $1.2 Million a year. A sizeable contract for a man with no prior Major League Manager experience. When asked if he had any worries about Banister’s capabilities, Bannon told the press that “Jeff is the guy. He is a smart baseball guy and he is exactly the type of Manager we want leading this team.”

Hopefully the confidence Bannon seems to have will show up in results.