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Narron in the dugout

John A. Narron, Jr. (born 1951) is the hitting coach for the Salt Lake Bees, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is a former hitting coach of the Milwaukee Brewers and former assistant hitting coach of the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He is a confidant and friend of center fielder Josh Hamilton and temporarily acted as an "accountability partner" to help Hamilton in his recovery from drug addiction.

The native of Goldsboro, North Carolina was a first baseman in the minor league systems of the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox in 1974 and 1975.

He is the brother of former Rangers and Reds manager Jerry Narron, who is currently the bench coach for the Brewers. His late uncle Sam Narron was a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and a longtime coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Major League Experience[edit]

Narron played for Johnston City, a Rookie affiliate of the New York Yankees during the year of 1974. He held a career best .272 batting average for Johnston City with 54 RBIs and 15 HRs. He then went on to play for the low A affiliate of the New York Yankees, Appleton. Here he posted an .228 batting average with 57 RBIs and 6 HRs.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Narron spent 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds organization as the Reds' Major League Video/Administrative Coach. Narron spent four seasons as a coach in the farm system for the Brewers, including stints as hitting coach and manager at rookie-level Helena Brewers, in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

Narron was Josh Hamilton's off-field coach for five seasons. He served as an accountability partner for Hamilton, helping him stay free from his addiction to drugs and alcohol. At age 60, Narron was hoping for a more promising job and that came true in 2012 when Narron was offered the job to become the next Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach. Hamilton was supportive of Narron in his decision to move on with his career, saying "Johnny is very talented and has helped me tremendously, both personally and professionally. He is fulfilling a dream to be a Major League batting coach, and I have told him previously I would never stand in his way from doing that. We will stay in touch, and I wish him great success with the Brewers."[2] Narron was not retained by the Brewers after the 2014 season[3] and was hired soon thereafter by the Angels organization.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, Pete. "John Narron." Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC, n.d. Web. 02 Oct. 2012. <http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=narron001joh>.
  2. ^ Ortiz, Jorge L. (28 November 2011). "Josh Hamilton's mentor leaves for Brewers". USA Today. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brewers fire hitting, first base coaches". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Angels hire Hamilton's former accountability partner". FOXSports.com. Associated Press. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 

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FOXSports.com

FOXSports.com
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:12:10 -0800

The Los Angeles Angels have hired Josh Hamilton's former accountability partner to be the hitting coach for their top minor-league affiliate. Johnny Narron was hired by the Angels on Wednesday to work for their Triple-A club in Salt Lake City. Narron ...

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ESPN
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:24:40 -0700

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have fired hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base-infield coach Garth Iorg after the team's late-season collapse. But the team said Friday that manager Ron Roenicke and the rest of the coaching staff will return ...

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Janesville Gazette
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:48:45 -0700

The main issue was an offense that disappeared over the final month, which cost hitting coach Johnny Narron his job. “How do you blame the manager when we don't do good on the field?” centerfielder Carlos Gomez said. “He put the lineup and pitchers out ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:48:45 -0700

The main issue was an offense that disappeared over the final month, which cost hitting coach Johnny Narron his job. "How do you blame the manager when we don't do good on the field?" centerfielder Carlos Gomez said. "He put the lineup and pitchers out ...

The Detroit News

The Detroit News
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:51:37 -0800

The Angels hired an "accountability partner," Shayne Kelley, who traveled with Hamilton full time as recently as 2013. Johnny Narron, who was Hamilton's accountability partner before Kelley, was hired to be the hitting coach of the Angels' Triple-A ...
 
Halo's Heaven
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 15:59:50 -0700

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AthlonSports.com

AthlonSports.com
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:22:30 -0800

Johnny Narron served in that role for Hamilton's first four years in Texas before moving on to become hitting coach with the Milwaukee Brewers. Shayne Kelley was Hamilton's “accountability coach” during his last season in Texas (2012) and first season ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:46:20 -0800

Former Reds coach Johnny Narron, whom the Angels hired this winter as a triple-A hitting coach, handled that role for four years in Texas. The men shared apartments in spring training and had adjacent hotel rooms on the road. "But it's not like it's ...
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