Jeff Banister was officially named the Bench Coach of the Pirates on 11/24/10. He served the Major League club in that
same capacity in 2010 from August 8 thru the end of the season.
Now in his 26th season with the Pittsburgh organization, Banister spent the last
eight years as the club's Minor League Field Coordinator after working the previous
four (1999-2002) as the Field Coordinator at the big league level.
Originally selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 1986 June free agent draft,
Jeff began his professional playing career with Watertown. He compiled a .247
batting average, 37 home runs and 204 RBI in 515 minor league games. Banister
made his Major League debut and only big league appearance as a pinch hitter with
the Pirates on 7/23/91. He owns a career Major League batting average of 1.000,
having singled off Atlanta's Dan Petry at Three Rivers Stadium in his only big league
at bat. Jeff went on to miss the entire 1992 season due to right elbow surgery.
Banister served as a player/coach with Carolina (AA) in 1993 before beginning his
managerial career with Welland in the New York-Penn League in 1994. He moved on to manage Augusta (A) in 1995 and
Lynchburg (A) for 1996 and the first half of the 1997 campaign. His Augusta club captured the 1995 South Atlantic League
championship. Jeff replaced Marc Hill as manager at Carolina for the remainder of the 1997 season and spent the entire 1998
campaign at the Mudcats helm. In his five seasons as a minor league manager, Banny compiled a 299-330 (.475) record.
He also managed in the Hawaiian Winter League in 1995 and 1996; his team advanced to the playoffs each season, with his
Honolulu club winning the championship in 1995. In 2004, Jeff managed Lynchburg for two weeks during a managerial
Banister's most-recent stint as a manager came in the Fall of 2009 as he managed the Scottsdale Scorpions to a 15-16
record and a second place finish during the Arizona Fall League.
Jeffrey Todd Banister...Wife's name is Karen...Has two children, daughter Alexandra (4/30/95) and son Jacob
(4/5/02)...Is a 1982 graduate of LaMarque (TX) High School, where he played baseball, football and golf...Was a quarterback
and linebacker on the football team...Has battled bone cancer and osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone or bone marrow)
throughout his professional career, in addition to having seven operations on his left ankle and leg in 1980...Played for Baytown
(TX) Junior College, where he had his vertebrae crushed in a home-plate collision that left him temporarily paralyzed from the
neck down...Attended the University of Houston in 1985-86...Shared the NBC Sportsman-of-the-Week award with Dennis
Martinez (who threw a perfect game for the Expos) after making his big league debut in 1991...Was the first recipient of the
Gilda Radner Courage Award (1991-92)...Participated in the Pirates Caravan and PirateFest this past January.