Jerry Narron

Jerry Austin Narron (born January 15, 1956) is an American professional baseball player, manager, and current bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB).

During an 8-year playing career, primarily as a catcher, he played from 1979 to 1987 for three major league teams. During a 7-year managing career, he managed from 2001 to 2007 for the Texas Rangers and the Cincinnati Reds. Narron was the third base coach for Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Jerry Narron
Jerry Narron - Seattle Mariners - 1981
Narron in 1981
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 12
Catcher / Manager / Coach
Born: January 15, 1956 (age 63)
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 13, 1979, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1987, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Batting average.211
Home runs21
Runs batted in96
Managerial record291–341
Winning %.460
As player

As manager

As coach

Early years

Narron was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He is a Christian Zionist.[1] His father John was employed as a salesman and floor layer for the Isaacs-Kahn Furniture Company in Goldsboro.[2] He is a nephew of former major league catcher Sam Narron.[3]

Through his childhood he played baseball at the Wayne County Boys Club, and attended Goldsboro High School where he played baseball, basketball, and football, and graduated in 1974. He went to college at East Carolina University.[4][5]

Playing career

Narron played in the major leagues for eight seasons with three different teams: the New York Yankees (1979), Seattle Mariners (1980-81, 1987), and California Angels (1983-86).[6]

He was drafted out of high school in the sixth round by the New York Yankees in the 1974 Major League Baseball Draft.[6] He played alongside brother Johnny for the Johnson City Cardinals in the Rookie Appalachian League during his first professional season in 1974, batting .301.[3] In 1977, playing for the West Haven Yankees of the AA Eastern League, he batted .299 (8th best in the league) with 28 home runs (2nd in the league) and 93 RBIs (3rd in the league) in 438 at bats.[3][7]

He made his Major League debut on April 13, 1979.[6] Narron played for the Yankees as the backup catcher to Thurman Munson, who died in a plane crash in August 1979. He was the Yankees' starting catcher the day after Munson's death,[8][9] and remained in the dugout during the pregame ceremonies, leaving the catcher's position empty, out of respect for Munson.[8]

In November 1979 Narron was traded by the Yankees to the Seattle Mariners with Juan Beniquez, Rick Anderson, and Jim Beattie for Jim Lewis and Ruppert Jones.[10]

He was released by the Mariners in March 1982, and signed two days later as a free agent by the California Angels, for whom he played.[10] Playing for the Spokane Indians in the AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 1982, he batted .311 in 408 at bats.[3] In 1983, playing for the Edmonton Trappers of the PCL, he batted .301 with 27 home runs (4th in the league) and 102 RBIs (6th in the league) in 539 at bats, while leading the league with 15 intentional walks.[3][11] He was released by the Angels in April 1987, and signed later that month by the Seattle Mariners, who in turn released him the following November.[10] He retired as a player in 1989.

Managing and coaching history

Minor and major leagues

Narron was a manager in the Baltimore Orioles farm system from 1989 through 1992; of the Class A Frederick Keys (1989), AA Hagerstown Suns (1990-91), and AAA Rochester Red Wings (1992), with a record of 291-269 (.520).[5] He was then hired as a coach for the Orioles by skipper Johnny Oates. After two seasons in Baltimore, he moved with Oates to the Texas Rangers.

Narron was third-base coach for the Rangers from 1995 until he was named Interim Manager May 4, 2001, after the firing of manager Johnny Oates. He had the interim tag removed and managed the team during the 2002 campaign. He was replaced in Texas by Buck Showalter in December 2002.

Narron then served as bench coach for the Boston Red Sox during their 2003 run to the ALCS, and performed the same role for Cincinnati in 2004–05.[5]

Narron was named as the Reds' Interim Manager on June 20, 2005. On September 29 of that year, his contract was extended to cover the 2006 season with a mutual option for 2007. Narron was fired as manager of the Reds on July 1, 2007. The Reds named advance scout Pete Mackanin as the interim manager. Narron's record with the Reds was 157–179.

Jerry Narron 2014 Milwaukee Brewers Bench Coach
Narron in 2014

On February 25, 2008, Narron was named a special assignments scout and front-office consultant with the Rangers.

Narron served as bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-15.[12]

Narron was hired to be the 2017 manager of the Reno Aces on December 30, 2016.[13]

After the first seven games of the 2017 season, Narron took over as interim bench coach of the major league Arizona Diamondbacks, when bench coach Ron Gardenhire left the team on a leave of absence to have and recover from prostate cancer surgery.[14]

Team Israel; World Baseball Classic

Narron was the third base coach for Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier.[15][16][17] Narron, whose daughter Callie lives in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, with her husband (Devin Mitchell) and two children (Aviel and Lydia), said: "I love the game, I love the Jewish people and I love Israel".[16][2][18][19]

Managerial records

Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
Texas Rangers 2001 2002 296 134 162 .453
Cincinnati Reds 2005 2007 337 157 179 .467
Total 632 291 341 .460 0 0 0

Personal life

Narron is married to Donna Narron.[5] He has seven children, five of his own Callie, Caitlyn, Clare, Cara, and Connor and two stepchildren, Hunter and Chelsy. Connor was the fourth-ranked prospect for the high school class of 2010 by ESPN's Perfect Game. The Orioles selected Connor in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Amateur draft. Narron's brother, Johnny was the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2012–2014.[5] Narron is the nephew of former Major League catcher and coach Sam W. Narron, and cousin of pitcher Sam F. Narron.[21]


  1. ^ Jonathan Mark (September 14, 2016). "The Greatest Jewish Team — Ever," Jewish Week.
  2. ^ a b "Brewers Coach Joins Israel’s Staff for World Baseball Classic," JPUpdates, August 19, 2015/
  3. ^ a b c d e Jerry Narron Baseball Statistics [1974-1988]
  4. ^ "Jerry Narron #36". Roster. Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e Manager and Coaches | Milwaukee Brewers
  6. ^ a b c "Aces hire Jerry Narron as new manager,", December 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "1977 Eastern League - Season Review"
  8. ^ a b Brennan, Sean (August 2, 2009). "Jerry Narron recalls night he replaced Thurman Munson for Yankees". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  9. ^ Chass, Murray (April 27, 1995). "Baseball; Ceremony, Circus Act And Even Some Fans Greet Game's Return". The New York Times. p. B11.
  10. ^ a b c Jerry Narron Baseball Statistics [1974-1988]
  11. ^ "1983 Pacific Coast League - Season Review"
  12. ^ "Jerry Narron named third manager in Aces history," Pacific Coast League News, December 30, 2016.
  13. ^ Moffitt, Bob. "Reno Aces Hire Former Big-Leaguer As New Skipper". Capital Public Radio. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  14. ^ As Diamondbacks go on without him, Ron Gardenhire readies for cancer fight
  15. ^ "Meet the Baptist Baseball Lifer Who Will Coach Israel's National Team". The Jerusalem Post.
  16. ^ a b "Meet the Baptist baseball lifer who will coach Israel’s team," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, August 18, 2015.
  17. ^ "Team Israel Announces Coaching Staff for World Baseball Classic,"
  18. ^ "It’s Not a Small World: Lessons from the Ballpark," Callie Mitchell.
  19. ^ Ken Rosenthal (April 29, 2012). "OK for O's fans to think postseason?", Fox Sports.
  20. ^ "Jerry Narron Managerial Record". Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 15, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links

1980 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners 1980 season was their fourth since the franchise creation, and ended the season finishing 7th in the American League West with a record of 59–103 (.364).

1985 California Angels season

The California Angels 1985 season involved the Angels taking 2nd place in the American League West with a 90-72 record, finishing one game behind the eventual World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals.

1995 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1995 season involved the Rangers finishing third in the American League west with a record of 74 wins and 70 losses. They also hosted the 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

2001 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2001 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses.

2002 Major League Baseball season

The 2002 Major League Baseball season finished with two wild-card teams, the Anaheim Angels defeating the San Francisco Giants in seven games, for the World Series championship. It was the first title in Angels team history. This was the first season for .

2002 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2002 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 72 wins and 90 losses.

2005 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2005 season consisted of the Reds finishing in fifth place in the National League Central Division. The Reds were managed by Dave Miley for most of the season, and after being fired, was followed by Jerry Narron.

The Reds missed the playoffs for the tenth straight season, tying a record set between 1980-89.

2006 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2006 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Reds making a bid to win the NL Central division, although just falling short, finishing in third place. The Reds had a final record of 80–82 and were managed by Jerry Narron.

2007 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2007 season has been completed, and the Cincinnati Reds finished out of playoff contention.

Following an 11–7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 1, general manager Wayne Krivsky fired manager Jerry Narron and named advance scout Pete Mackanin interim manager. It was the second managerial change of the day, following the resignation of Seattle Mariners skipper Mike Hargrove. The Reds won Mackanin's first game at the helm, 7–3 over the San Francisco Giants on the strength of a grand slam by Brandon Phillips.

The season also included highlights such as the Red's 2004 first-round draft pick, Homer Bailey, and right-handed starting pitcher, making his MLB debut against the Indians on June 8. He pitched 5 innings, gave up 2 earned runs, struck out 3, and walked 4.

2008 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 2008 season was their 127th in total and their sixth in their present home park, Great American Ball Park. The Reds play in the National League's central division; their divisional foes were the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs were the defending champions. The Reds had not made the playoffs since 1995.The 2008 season was manager Dusty Baker's first with the Reds; the 19-year major league veteran outfielder from 1968 to 1986 with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Athletics, previously managed the San Francisco Giants from 1993 to 2002 and the Chicago Cubs from 2003 to 2006. He took the entire 2007 off. Baker replaced Pete Mackanin, who was named the interim manager on July 1, 2007, after Jerry Narron, coincidentally hired as an interim manager himself,was fired.

Baker was the club's first-ever African American manager.The season was dedicated to a number of people who died prior to the beginning of the season. Primarily, former Reds left-handed pitcher and longtime announcer Joe Nuxhall, affectionately known to fans as "The Ol' Lefthander", who died on November 15, 2007 of cancer. A patch that said "NUXY" was worn on Reds uniforms.

Other Reds figures who passed were Sheldon "Chief" Bender, a former major league pitcher who developed the Reds' minor league farm system in the late 1960s and into the 1970s. Bender died on February 27, 2008. He worked with general manager Bob Howsam, who had died eight days earlier, to develop the Reds into 1970s powerhouse team nicknamed "The Big Red Machine".

Just 21 games into the 2008 season, the Reds fired 3rd year General Manager Wayne Krivsky and replaced him with former St. Louis Cardinals General Manager Walt Jocketty. The Reds had at 9–12 record, tied for 4th in the NL Central standings at the time of the firing. It was the team's worst start since the 2003 season. The Reds again stirred up controversy in Cincinnati in late July and early August by first trading right fielder Ken Griffey, Jr., who a month earlier had hit his 600th home run, to the Chicago White Sox at the trade deadline. On their next off day they sent popular left fielder Adam Dunn to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor leaguers and pitcher Micah Owings.

Bob Stinson (baseball)

Gorrell Robert Stinson III (born October 11, 1945) is a former switch-hitting catcher in Major League Baseball from 1969-1980. Stinson played for six major league franchises, most notably the Seattle Mariners.

Stinson was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft by both the Kansas City Athletics and Washington Senators but did not sign with either club. He was then taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 7, 1966, as the 15th overall selection in the secondary phase of the draft.

Stinson broke into the Majors on September 23, 1969 with the Dodgers, at the age of 23. In 1969 and 1970, he appeared in a total of eight games for the Dodgers. Then on October 5, 1970, Stinson was traded along with Ted Sizemore to the St. Louis Cardinals for Dick Allen. He appeared in 17 games in 1971 for the Cardinals.

A journeyman, Stinson moved on to the Houston Astros, spending the 1972 season in that organization. He then played two seasons each with the Montreal Expos and Kansas City Royals.

A new opportunity presented itself when the expansion Seattle club, one of two new American League teams (along with the Toronto Blue Jays) that played their inaugural seasons in 1977, selected Stinson from the Royals on November 5, 1976 as the 25th overall pick in the expansion draft. Stinson had been a backup for his Major League career prior to joining the Mariners. With the young Mariners club, Stinson saw regular action for the first time, being designated the primary catcher in 1977 and 1978.

Stinson logged his best overall season in 1978, establishing career highs in games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, home runs, and RBI. In 124 games for Seattle that season, he batted .258 with 11 homers and drove in 55 runs. He also had a .346 on-base percentage and a slugging average of .404.

Yet with the March 1979 acquisition of Larry Cox from the Chicago Cubs, Stinson's playing time slowly began to dwindle. That season, Stinson caught in 91 games to Cox's 99. By 1980, Cox was the Mariners' regular catcher, with Stinson the backup before eventually losing the backup job to 24-year-old Jerry Narron, future Major League manager and coach. Stinson's final game in a big league uniform was August 1, 1980, after over three and a half seasons with the Mariners. He was released by Seattle seven days later.

Stinson tasted his only postseason action with Kansas City in 1976, appearing in two games of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.

In 652 major league games, Stinson had 408 hits in 1634 at-bats for a .250 batting average, with 33 home runs and 180 RBI.

Brad Gulden

Bradley Lee Gulden (born June 10, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants. He debuted with the Dodgers on September 22, 1978 against the San Diego Padres after being drafted by L.A. in the 17th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft. Gulden played in fewer than 10 games in four of his seven major league seasons and finished with a batting average of .200.

On August 3, 1979, during the Yankees' first game after the death of Thurman Munson in an airplane crash the previous day, Gulden replaced starting catcher Jerry Narron in the ninth inning. Gulden started on August 6 in the team's first game after Munson's funeral, only to be replaced himself in the ninth by Narron.

Gulden holds a place in Major League Baseball trivia by being one of four players in history to be traded for himself, along with Harry Chiti, Dickie Noles, and John McDonald. In 1980, the New York Yankees sent him to the Seattle Mariners with $150,000 for a player to be named and Larry Milbourne. In May 1981, the Mariners sent Gulden back to the Yankees as the player to be named.

In 1986, Gulden was on his way out of the major leagues, when he was given the nickname "Humm Baby" by Giants manager Roger Craig after he had been given a spot on the roster as a third catcher.

Dave Miley

David Allen Miley (born April 3, 1962) is an American former baseball player and manager.

Goldsboro High School

Goldsboro High School is a public high school located in Wayne County, Goldsboro, North Carolina, United States. The school's mascot is the Cougar, and the school colors are navy and gold.

Johnny Narron

John A. Narron, Jr. (born 1951) is the hitting coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats, the High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. He is a former hitting coach of the Milwaukee Brewers and 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 served as the bench coach for the Brewers from 2011-2015. His late uncle Sam Narron was a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and a longtime coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

List of Texas Rangers managers

The Texas Rangers are an American baseball franchise based in Arlington, Texas. They are members of the American League West division. The Rangers franchise was formed in 1961, then called the Washington Senators, as a member of the American League. In its 58-year history, the Texas Rangers baseball franchise of Major League Baseball's American League has employed 27 managers. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field.Mickey Vernon became the first manager of the Texas Rangers in 1961, serving for just over two seasons. Ron Washington has managed more games and seasons than any other manager in Rangers history. Before 2010, the only Rangers manager to have led the team to the playoffs was Johnny Oates, who also won the 1996 Manager of the Year Award with the Rangers. Ted Williams is the only Rangers manager to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player; Whitey Herzog, who was inducted in the Hall in 2010, is only Rangers manager to earn induction as a manager.

In 1963, manager Mickey Vernon was fired and replaced by interim manager Eddie Yost. One game later, Yost was replaced by Gil Hodges. In 1973, Whitey Herzog was replaced by Del Wilber. One game later, Billy Martin took over the role of manager. In 1975, Frank Lucchesi took over for Martin in midseason, who in turn was replaced by Eddie Stanky. After six games, Connie Ryan could not finish the season, so Billy Hunter took over the role of manager, only to be fired with one game to go in the 1978 season and replaced by Pat Corrales. In 1982, Don Zimmer was fired as Rangers manager but continued to run the team for three more games before being replaced by Darrell Johnson. Rangers owner Eddie Chiles said the poor play of the Rangers had nothing to do with Zimmer's firing but was instead 'something personal'. In 1985, after Doug Rader led the Rangers to (exact number of seasons) losing seasons, he was replaced by Bobby Valentine, who in turn was replaced by Toby Harrah during midseason. In 2001, Johnny Oates's poor performance forced the Rangers to hire Jerry Narron as his replacement during midseason.

Buck Showalter was hired as manager of the Texas Rangers on October 11, 2002, following a last-place season under manager Jerry Narron. Showalter managed the Rangers through the 2006 season, before being fired as manager on October 4, 2006. In November 2006, Ron Washington was hired as manager of the Rangers. He managed the team from 2007 to 2014, longer than any other person in the franchise's history, when he announced his resignation on September 5, 2014. Tim Bogar managed the rest of the season on an interim basis. Jeff Banister was hired to lead the team from 2015 to September 21, 2018, when he was fired. Don Wakamatsu replaced him as interim manager. Chris Woodward was later hired as the new manager for 2019.

Pete Mackanin

Peter Mackanin, Jr. (pronounced ) (born August 1, 1951), is an American former professional baseball utility player, coach, scout, and manager, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, and Minnesota Twins, from 1973 to 1981.

Mackanin briefly managed the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 2005. Following the firing of Cincinnati Reds manager Jerry Narron, in 2007, Mackanin (who was the team’s advance scout, at the time) became the acting Reds’ manager, for the duration of that campaign; the Reds then decided to replace Mackanin with Dusty Baker.

Mackanin was the Phillies' bench coach, from 2009 to 2012. After spending the 2013 season as a scout for the New York Yankees, he served as Philadelphia’s third base coach in 2014 and 2015, then became interim manager, following Ryne Sandberg’s resignation. The Phillies later announced that they were removing the "interim" label and Mackanin would serve as the team's manager in 2016. On September 29, 2017, the team announced that Mackanin would not return as the Phillies’ field manager, for the 2018 season.

Sam Narron (catcher)

Samuel Woody Narron (August 25, 1913 – December 31, 1996) was an American Major League Baseball player and coach. Born in Middlesex, North Carolina, Narron batted and threw right-handed; he stood 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) (178 cm) tall and weighed 180 pounds (81.7 kg). He was the uncle of Major League catcher, coach and manager Jerry Narron and MLB coach Johnny Narron, and the grandfather of pitcher Sam Narron.

Narron spent almost his entire playing career in minor league baseball. Originally an outfielder, he led the Class D Georgia–Florida League in batting average with a .349 mark in 1936. The following year, he became a catcher and twice batted over .300 for the Rochester Red Wings of the AA International League.

In the Major Leagues, Narron appeared in parts of three seasons (1935, 1942 and 1943) with the St. Louis Cardinals, playing in 24 games and hitting .286 with one run batted in in just 28 at bats.

A protégé of longtime MLB executive Branch Rickey, Narron continued in baseball after his playing career ended in 1948. He was the bullpen catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers during 1949 and 1950, the last two years of Rickey's tenure there, then followed him to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the Buccos' Major League bullpen coach from 1951 through 1964.

He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. Sam Narron died in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the age of 83.

Sam Narron (pitcher)

Samuel Franklin Narron (born July 12, 1981 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former professional baseball pitcher and current Pitching coach for the Potomac Nationals. He pitched in one game for the Texas Rangers in the 2004 season. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2002 amateur draft. On April 28, 2008, Narron hit a home run for the Huntsville Stars, the first home run on the season for a pitcher. He is the grandson of former major league catcher and coach Sam Narron and cousin of catcher and manager Jerry Narron.

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