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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]


  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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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:12:10 -0800

Johnny Narron put in three seasons as the Brewers' hitting coach after his time with the Rangers. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports. AP Nov 19, 2014 at 9:00p ET ANAHEIM, Calif. 0shares. The Los Angeles Angels have hired Josh Hamilton's former ...

Dairyland Express

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 ...

Dallas Morning News (subscription)

Dallas Morning News (subscription)
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:50:10 -0800

Johnny Narron worked as the Rangers' assistant hitting coach for the last four seasons and quietly figured in the development of batters such as Mike Napoli. Narron, 60, also has a 20-year relationship with Hamilton and served as his “accountability ...

Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News
Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:04:00 -0700

What grade do you give Jeff Banister for his first year? Fraley: A solid A. Did a great job at keeping the club together during the early troubles and changing the lineup and bullpen on the fly. Rudy Jaramillo or Johnny Narron as the Rangers next ...

Boston Globe (subscription)

Boston Globe (subscription)
Sat, 02 May 2015 06:12:46 -0700

In hindsight, it's obvious something broke down in Anaheim and it's obvious Hamilton should never have left the comfort of the Rangers. For years, Hamilton had his accountability coach, Johnny Narron. They clicked. Both are from North Carolina. He and ...

Reviewing the Brew

Reviewing the Brew
Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:37:30 -0800

Aside from being the brother of current bench coach, Jerry Narron, Johnny has a pretty impressive resume as a coach and hitting instructor. Replacing Dale Sveum will not be easy, but I think Narron could be an upgrade. Arguably his biggest ...

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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