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Narron in the dugout

John A. Narron, Jr. (born 1951) is a fomer 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]

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. 

External links[edit]


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Dairyland Express

Dairyland Express
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:15:00 -0700

Changes in the coaching staff were inevitable for the Milwaukee Brewers after their collapse this season, but the specifics were unclear. According to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy, Milwaukee will not be offering 2015 contracts to hitting coach Johnny Narron ...

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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 ...

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:03:45 -0700

Thursday afternoon, the team announced that Darnell Coles would take over the position, less than two weeks after letting Johnny Narron go. Coles, 52, is not unfamiliar to the Brewers; he has been with the organization since 2010, first as a minor ...

Comcast SportsNet New England

Comcast SportsNet New England
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:55:02 -0700

With a vacancy to fill on their coaching staff, the Red Sox have begun to assemble a list of potential candidates to serve as the team's new hitting instructor. The Red Sox will interview current Los Angeles Angels minor league hitting coordinator Paul ...

Wisconsin Radio Network

Wisconsin Radio Network
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:15:00 -0700

The Brewers poor offensive finish will likely cost hitting coach Johnny Narron his job, even if Roenicke stays. The Brewers built their roster for Miller Park, which is somewhat of a home run haven. The problem is, the Brewers were out-homered at home ...
 
LA Daily News
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:41:15 -0700

Cashman has been New York's GM since 1998, when the Yankees won the World Series in his first season. He has built three more championship teams, most recently in 2009. The Yankees have missed the postseason the last two seasons, the first time ...
 
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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:26:15 -0700

After deciding to not bring back hitting coach Johnny Narron for the 2015 season, the Milwaukee Brewers has hired a familiar face in Darnell Coles to be his replacement. Feb 23, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers assistant hitting coach Darnell ...
 
BizTimes.com (Milwaukee)
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:41:44 -0700

The team will not offer 2015 contracts to hitting coach Johnny Narron or first base/infield coach Garth Iorg. Today's announcement was made by president of baseball operations and general manager Doug Melvin. “Over the course of the last few weeks, we ...
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