Brewers hire Narron as hitting coach

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Associated Press
November 29, 2011
— Johnny Narron was hired Monday as hitting coach of the Milwaukee Brewers to replace Dale Sveum, who became manager of the Chicago Cubs two weeks ago.

Narron had been assistant hitting coach of the Texas Rangers after serving three years as a special assignment coach.

The older brother of Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron, Johnny Narron spent four years in the Milwaukee organization as hitting coach at Rookie Helena (2003, 2006), manager at Helena (2004) and hitting coach at Class A Brevard County (2005).

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that in addition to his formal role, Narron was “part of the support network we’d put in place for Josh” Hamilton, who rebounded from substance abuse problems to become the 2010 AL MVP.

Hamilton has started running as he recovers from sports hernia surgery on Nov. 11.

“Johnny is very talented and has helped me tremendously, both personally and professionally,” Hamilton said. “He is fulfilling a dream to be a major league batting coach. ... We will stay in touch.”

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