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Narron in the dugout

John A. Narron, Jr. (born 1951) is the current 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.

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.

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]

Accountability Partner[edit]

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 seems to be very supportive of Narron in his decision to move on with his career:"Johnny is very talented and has helped me tremendously, both personally and professionally," Hamilton said in a statement. "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][3]

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. ^ "Josh Hamilton's Mentor Leaves for Brewers." USA Today. Gannett, n.d. Web. 02 Oct. 2012.
  3. ^ "Coaching staff bios". Roster. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

External links[edit]


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25 news items

MLB.com

MLB.com
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:24:52 -0700

PHOENIX -- Jerry and Johnny Narron played football and basketball while they were growing up. But they lived baseball. Their uncle, Sam Narron, was a professional baseball player and coach for more than three decades, including serving on the coaching ...
 
Pioneer Press
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:51:43 -0700

Believe me, (hitting coach) Johnny (Narron) is not in there teaching guys to go up there and swing at the first pitch. If it's a good one and you can do damage with it, fine." What next for Wang? Now that rookie reliever Wei-Chung Wang finally got into ...
 
MLB.com
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:57:36 -0700

"I still hear stories that [Brewers hitting coach] Johnny Narron tells me about Branch Rickey and an uncle that Johnny had, just what they went through as a team." Davis followed in his father's footsteps. Rodney Davis played professionally as an ...

Washington Post

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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:08:55 -0700

With some advice from hitting coach Johnny Narron about making a small adjustment at the plate, Davis tore into Boston's pitching during the Brewers' three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions. He went 8 for 15 (.533) with four doubles, ...
 
Kitsap Sun
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:45:00 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers' hitting coach Johnny Narron reacts to a play on the filed against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn). Milwaukee Brewers' ...
 
MLB.com
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:03:08 -0700

Melvin made it clear that he wanted Hart back, and manager Ron Roenicke, third-base coach Ed Sedar and hitting coach Johnny Narron all called to urge Hart to consider returning. He did not feel the same love from Brewers teammates. "I'm sure when we ...

Brew Crew Ball

Brew Crew Ball
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:45:00 -0700

2014 will be Johnny Narron's third season as the Brewers hitting coach, and also his third season working alongside his brother Jerry. Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com has a story on the brothers in the Brewers dugout. We're over a month into spring training ...
 
Wisconsin State Journal
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:38:36 -0700

Melvin made it clear that he wanted Hart back, and manager Ron Roenicke, third-base coach Ed Sedar and hitting coach Johnny Narron all called to urge Hart to consider returning. He did not feel the same love from Brewers teammates. "I'm sure when we ...
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