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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]


  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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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 ...
Brew Crew Ball
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:37:30 -0700

Ron Roenicke, whose 2015 option was picked up in spring training this year, has managed the team to a 334-312 record over the past four years after taking over the position in 2011. Also likely to be under the magnifying glass is hitting coach Johnny ...
BizTimes.com (Milwaukee)
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:41:44 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that manager Ron Roenicke will return for the 2015 season, but two of his assistant coaches will not be rehired. The team will not offer 2015 contracts to hitting coach Johnny Narron or first base/infield coach ...

Comcast SportsNet New England

Comcast SportsNet New England
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:30:00 -0700

It's time for the weekly mailbag. We received lots of good questions this week, so let's go them: 1) @Ct_smoke If Marrero has a huge offensive spring, will the Bogaerts yo-yo from SS to 3B start again? Can't see that happening. The Red Sox seem ...


Brew Crew Ball
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:45:00 -0700

However, two of his coaches, hitting coach Johnny Narron and first-base coach Garth Iorg, will not be offered new contracts and will not return. It was uncertain what the fate of Roenicke would be after the collapse, but when the discussion was done ...

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 ...

New York Times

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:17:14 -0700

The Brewers fired hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base-infield coach Garth Iorg after the team's late-season collapse. The team said manager Ron Roenicke and the rest of the coaching staff will return next season. The Brewers went 9-22 down the ...

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