Banister led the Rangers to a 95-67 record and the American League West Division title before they lost to the Blue Jays in the AL Division Series. He became just the fourth manager to capture division titles in his first two seasons as a Major League skipper since the start of three-division play in 1994.
If selected, Banister would be only the second skipper to win Manager of the Year Awards in consecutive seasons since the BBWAA started voting in 1983. Bobby Cox received the honor in 2004-05 with the Braves. Joe Maddon, who won the NL award last season, has also been named a finalist for the second straight year.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.