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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. 

External links[edit]


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FOXSports.com

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

Johnny Narron was hired by the Angels on Wednesday to work for their Triple-A club in Salt Lake City. Narron was the Milwaukee Brewers' hitting coach for the past three seasons. Before that, Narron spent five years at the side of Hamilton, who overcame ...

OCRegister

OCRegister
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:15:04 -0700

Johnny Narron, hitting coach for the Salt Lake Bees, acknowledged the small sample size but said the latter is the more accurate characterization. “He has all the attributes, all the intangibles,” he said. “I think he can be an every day, big league ...

Dairyland Express

ESPN
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:52:30 -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 ...

Reviewing the Brew

Reviewing the Brew
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0700

I've had a question rattling around in my brain since the regular season ended, and it became clear to me that at the very least Johnny Narron would be fired as the Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach: Do hitting coaches even matter? The smart money coming ...
 
OCRegister
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0700

SALT LAKE CITY — The fate of Johnny Narron's life was written with a signature on a dotted line 16 years before he was ever born. It was in 1935 that his grandmother's brother, a catcher from Middlesex, N.C., looked Branch Rickey in the eye and shook ...
 
Dallas Morning News (subscription)
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:50:10 -0800

Josh Hamilton and Johnny Narron had a professional parting of the ways Monday, adding another pressing off-season task for the Rangers. “Josh will be fine,” Narron said. “It's time for Josh to go on his own path and for me to go on my own path ...
 
NBCSports.com
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:16:58 -0800

Dale Svuem taking over as the Cubs' manager left the Brewers without a hitting coach and today they filled the position with Johnny Narron, whose brother Jerry is Milwaukee's bench coach. Narron has lots of experience coaching and managing in the ...

New York Times

Fort Worth Star Telegram
Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:49:14 -0800

Among the things the Rangers did was hire a special assignments coach to be with Hamilton during the season. That person was Johnny Narron for four seasons before he left to become the hitting coach in Milwaukee. Shayne Kelley took over last winter and ...
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