John A. Narron Jr.
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
The brother of Jerry Narron, nephew of Milton Narron and Sam Narron and uncle of Sam Narron, John Narron Jr. played two years in the minors. He debuted with the 1974 Johnson City Yankees, hitting .272/~.391/.489 with 45 runs, 15 homers and 54 RBI in 68 games. He was third in the Appalachian League in home runs behind Fay Thompson and John Poff. Thompson was the league All-Star 1B ahead of Narron.
On April 1, 1975, Narron was traded to the Chicago White Sox along with Fred Anyzeski, Ken Bennett, Terry Quinn and cash for Ed Herrmann. He struggled with the Appleton Foxes, batting .228/~.279/.304 in 108 games.
Narron later managed the Helena Brewers in 2004. He was their hitting coach in 2003, and again in 2006, and spent 2005 as hitting coach of the West Virginia Power and Brevard County Manatees. In 2007, he was an assistant to hitting coach Brook Jacoby with the Cincinnati Reds. He became a Texas Rangers coach in 2008. In Texas, he was considered the mentor of star slugger Josh Hamilton, serving as his "accountability partner", helping him, keep away from the temptations of drugs and alcohol that had threatened to destroy his career before he even played in the majors. He left after the 2011 season, accepting a position with the Milwaukee Brewers to be their hitting coach in 2012, replacing Dale Sveum. The move allowed him to join his brother Jerry, who was the Brewers' bench coach. He stayed in the position until the end of the 2014 season.
In 2015, he moved to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, for whom Hamilton was now playing, as a coach with the AAA Salt Lake Bees, although he was slated to work with Hamilton as well. Moving to the Cleveland Indians' organization, he was hitting coach of the Akron RubberDucks in 2017, Columbus Clippers in 2018, and Lynchburg Hillcats in 2019.
Sources: 1975-1976 Baseball Guides