Pittsburgh Pirates reaction to Jeff Banister being named manager of the Texas Rangers

from Manager Clint Hurdle --

"The entire Pirates organization is extremely proud of Jeff and happy for him and his family. We believe it will
be an excellent fit for him and the Texas Rangers.

He has been an instrumental reason for the success the Pirates organization has had over the course of his
tenure with the ballclub.

Jeff has put forth as much sweat-equity and hard work into the game of baseball as any man I have had the
privilege of working with."

from General Manager Neal Huntington --
"On behalf of the Pirates organization, we want thank Jeff for his long-standing impact and dedication. His
leadership, character, work ethic, knowledge of the game, energy and passion made us better every day he
was a Pirate. We wish Jeff and his family nothing but success with the Texas Rangers."