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John A. Narron, Jr. (born 1951) is a former hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and the 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 left the Brewers after the 2014 season.[3]


  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. 

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

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

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:15:30 -0800

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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 ...
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Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:49:14 -0800

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