It's been one tough season for the Texas Rangers, who currently sit in last place for the AL West. After another brutal year that won't end with a trip to the postseason, manager Jeff Banister is officially unemployed.
The Rangers had the potential to make noise in the American League this year, but their abysmal production on the mound was their downfall. Now, Texas will look to start a new era for the upcoming season.
Despite being the Rangers manager for the last four seasons, Bannister was fired this afternoon. His record was 325-313 during that time.
Dallas Morning News writer Evan Grant broke the news, as the Rangers will look for another leader in the clubhouse.
With only 10 games remaining on their schedule, bench coach Don Wakamatsu will serve as the interim manager.
Although it's not certain if he'll be a candidate for the full-time job this winter, the Rangers will have to consider all options.
It's hard to solely blame Bannister for the Rangers' shortcomings this year. However, back-to-back losing seasons will definitely put any manager on the hot seat.
Let the offseason begin in Texas, as the Rangers are looking forward to the 2019 season.