Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko received the Clemente Award, the first time two players have shared US baseball’s prestigious honor for community service. The two were presented with the award shortly before the start of game three of the World Series, Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship final featuring the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Rollins has long supported J-Roll’s Aces, a charitable ticket program, and the J-Roll’s Readers program, each of which is dedicated to directly working with and enhancing the lives of inner-city students. During his time in Philadelphia, he has also hosted major fundraisers to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Prevent Child Abuse, Pennsylvania, The Food Trust, SHARE Food Program and St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, raising more than $1 million.

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Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins were picked Friday as the first co-winners of Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award. The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport and is named for the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua. ”Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy the legendary Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. Konerko founded the ”Bring Me Home Campaign,” which also includes a pair of former teammates in retired great Jim Thome and the Los Angeles Angels’ Gordon Beckham.

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Jeff Banister will be named manager of the Texas Rangers, multiple outlets report Thursday, beating out interim manager Tim Bogar, along with several outside candidates. This would be Banister’s first managerial job in the majors, though he has lots of minor-league experience as a skipper (along with just about every other staff position). Banister (one “N”) is what they call “a lifer.” He has been the bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2010, which pre-dates manager Clint Hurdle, and has been a coach with the Bucs, in the majors and minors, since 1993. He played from 1986-93 in the minors for all but one plate appearance in the big leagues. Banister, 49, has interviewed for other major league manager’s positions, notably with the Houston Astros this offseason, and with the Pirates, before they hired Hurdle for the 2011 season. What makes Banister the choice for the Rangers? Those most familiar with him say it’s not only his baseball smarts, but also his communication skills. Banister also is said to be a proponent of sabermetrics, though more major league coaches probably are than we realize. Pirates blogger Pat Lackey writes at Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke? : Ever since Ben Lindbergh published this story at Grantland about the unique and effective way that the Pirates’ front office and coaching staff communicate, I’ve been expecting Pirate coaches to start being poached by other clubs. Banister is always mentioned as being involved with the infield positioning alongside Hurdle and he’s the guy mentioned as being on the phone with Mike Fitzgerald (the stats guy the Pirates have travel with the team) in Lindbergh’s article, and so it makes sense that any front office that’s had trouble communicating with their coaching staff would be immediately attracted to someone from the Pirates’ coaching staff. It wasn’t a surprise when he almost got Houston’s job a few weeks ago, and it’s not a surprise at all that Texas wants him, especially given that Texas was Clint Hurdle’s last stop before Pittsburgh. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the hiring first, though the Rangers had yet to confirm it. Banister tweeted this Wednesday morning: “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown — Jeff Banister (@Bannyrooster28) October 15, 2014   Banister’s one appearance as a player in the big leagues came in July 1991, when he pinch-hit for Doug Drabek. Banister hit an infield single and played two innings of a 12-3 victory against the Braves, but was sent back to the minors shortly thereafter. Banister has been deserving of a chance, and also seems to be one of the better candidates out there who’s never managed. Seems like a good hire by general manager Jon Daniels. But — what about Bogar? He was Ron Washington’s bench coach until Washington stepped down. Like Banister, Bogar is a lifer, though he had more time in the majors. From the Dallas Morning News : It is uncertain what will happen with Bogar, who was the Rangers bench coach before Ron Washington’s resignation on Sept. 5. Bogar went 14-8 in the three weeks until the season’s end, but the Rangers said they would conduct a thorough search for the new manager. Bogar did not immediately respond to a request for comment.   More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

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Arlington (United States) (AFP) – The Texas Rangers on Thursday inked Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.

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After Hunter Strickland gave up his fifth homer of the postseason, the Giants might have to go to Tim Lincecum. If he’s healthy.

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The Giants’ cast of characters reached their third World Series in five years after another thrilling victory.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After three years away with four different teams, Travis Ishikawa landed himself a second chance with San Francisco right where he so wanted to be.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night.

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(Reuters) – The Texas Rangers introduced Jeff Banister as their new manager on Friday, hoping the former Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach can recreate the team’s winning attitude after missing the postseason the last two years. Banister replaces Tim Bogar, who served as interim manager for the final 22 games of the 2014 Major League Baseball season after Ron Washington unexpectedly resigned. “We need players that are multifaceted in a sense that they are capable of meeting the demands of the game,” Banister said during his introductory news conference. …

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