The Milwaukee Brewers have found their replacement for Dale Sveum, who departed a couple weeks ago to become the manager of the Chicago Cubs. Johnny Narron, brother of current Brewer bench coach Jerry Narron, was hired earlier today and will take the reigns as the new hitting coach.
Narron spent four years with the Texas Rangers, 2011 had been the only season as the assistant hitting coach, and was a huge influence on Josh Hamilton’s recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Narron would act as an “accountability partner” as Hamilton rehabilitated himself.
Narron was in the Yankees and White Sox systems as a first basemen from 1974-75.
This will be his second time around in the Brewers organization where he spent four seasons as a coach. He was the hitting coach at Rookie-level Helena in 2003 and 2006, as well as the manager in 2004. He was also the hitting coach at both Class A West Virginia and High-A Bevard County in 2005.
In 2007, Narron spent time with the Cincinnati organization where he first met Hamilton. When Hamilton was traded, the Rangers made sure to hire Narron to ensure his continued help with the recovery process.
Narron will have the luxury of inheriting a productive Brewer’s offense led by MVP Ryan Braun. In the National League last season Milwaukee ranked 3rd in average, 5th in on-base percentage, 1st in slugging percentage, 2nd in OPS, 1st in home runs, 5th in runs batted-in, 7th in hits and 14th in strike outs.
If Prince Fielder does indeed part ways with Milwaukee these numbers are expected to go down, but overall this is still a very good offensive team.