Jerry Narron

Jerry Austin Narron (born January 15, 1956) is an American professional baseball manager, coach, and former player. He most recently served as a major league instructor for the Chicago White Sox. He most recently served as the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB) during the 2020 season. Narron played in MLB, primarily as a catcher, for three teams during 1979–1987. He has served as manager for the Texas Rangers (2001–02) and the Cincinnati Reds (2005–07).

Jerry Narron
Narron in 1981
Catcher / Manager
Born: (1956-01-15) January 15, 1956
Goldsboro, North Carolina, U.S.
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

He was the third base coach for Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Narron will be a coach for Team Israel, under manager Ian Kinsler, when it competes in the 2023 World Baseball Classic in Miami, Florida, starting March 11–15.

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 and longtime coach Sam Narron.[3]

Through his childhood he played baseball at the Wayne County Boys Club. He 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 the New York Yankees (1979), Seattle Mariners (1980–81, 1987), and California Angels (1983–86).[6]

He was drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of 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 (eighth in the league) with 28 home runs (second in the league) and 93 RBIs (third 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. He was the Yankees' starting catcher the day after Munson's death in a plane crash in August 1979,[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.[3]

He was released by the Mariners in March 1982, and signed two days later as a free agent by the California Angels.[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 (fourth in the league) and 102 RBIs (sixth 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 on May 4, 2001, after the firing of manager Johnny Oates. He had the interim tag removed and managed the team during the 2002 season. 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 American League Championship Series, and performed the same role for Cincinnati in 2004–05.[5]

Narron was named 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.

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

Narron in 2014

Narron served as bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015.[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] Narron got the job permanently after Gardenhire was hired to be the Detroit Tigers' manager. Narron stepped down from his position as bench coach of the Diamondbacks following the 2019 season.[15]

Narron was hired as bench coach for the Boston Red Sox on February 22, 2020.[16] In October 2020, the team declined to renew his contract.[17]

On February 10, 2021, Narron was hired as a major league instructor for the Chicago White Sox.[18]

Team Israel; World Baseball Classic

Narron was the third base coach for Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier.[19][20][21] Narron, whose daughter Callie lives in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, with her husband and two children, said: "I love the game, I love the Jewish people and I love Israel".[20][2][22][23]

Narron will be a coach for Team Israel, under manager Ian Kinsler, when it competes in the 2023 World Baseball Classic in Miami, Florida, starting March 11–15.[24]

Managerial records

TeamFromToRegular season recordPost–season record
GWLWin %GWLWin %
Texas Rangers20012002 296134162.453
Cincinnati Reds20052007 337157179.467
Total 632 291341.460 0 00

Personal life

Narron is married to Donna Narron.[5] He has seven children: Connor, Cara, Clare, Caitlyn, Callie, Chelsy and Hunter. His son 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 2010 MLB draft; he played in Minor League Baseball during the 2010 to 2014 seasons.[26] Narron's brother Johnny was the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2012 to 2014.[5] Narron is the nephew of former major league catcher and coach Sam W. Narron and cousin of pitcher Sam F. Narron.[27]

Narron is known for writing out lineup cards using a distinct form of calligraphy, and for rendering the names of players from Japan, Korea and Taiwan in their native scripts on the lineup cards.[28][29][30]


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  2. "Brewers Coach Joins Israel’s Staff for World Baseball Classic," Archived March 2, 2017, at the Wayback Machine JPUpdates, August 19, 2015/
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  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. Jerry Narron Baseball Statistics [1974-1988]
  11. "1983 Pacific Coast League - Season Review"
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  13. Moffitt, Bob. "Reno Aces Hire Former Big-Leaguer As New Skipper". Capital Public Radio. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  14. Nightengale, Bob. "As Diamondbacks go on without him, Ron Gardenhire readies for cancer fight". USA TODAY.
  15. Steve Gilbert (October 31, 2019). "Herges named D-backs' pitching coach". Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  16. Cotillo, Chris (February 22, 2020). "Boston Red Sox hire Jerry Narron as bench coach". Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  17. Browne, Ian (October 12, 2020). "Narron, Bjornson out as Red Sox coaches". Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  18. "Chicago White Sox hire Jerry Narron as instructor for Tony La Russa's staff". February 10, 2021. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  19. "Meet the Baptist Baseball Lifer Who Will Coach Israel's National Team". The Jerusalem Post.
  20. "Meet the Baptist baseball lifer who will coach Israel’s team," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, August 18, 2015.
  21. "Team Israel Announces Coaching Staff for World Baseball Classic,"
  22. "It’s Not a Small World: Lessons from the Ballpark," Callie Mitchell.
  23. Ken Rosenthal (April 29, 2012). "OK for O's fans to think postseason?", Fox Sports.
  24. Gurvis, Jacob. "Former MLB all-stars Ausmus, Youkilis to coach Team Israel in World Baseball Classic".
  25. "Jerry Narron Managerial Record". Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  26. "Connor Narron Stats, Fantasy & News". Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  27. "Jerry Narron". Retrieved March 27, 2006.
  28. Moyer, Caitlin (June 28, 2015). "Jerry Narron's call to the pen". Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  29. Stark, Corie (March 12, 2011). "Narron's handwriting is on the wall". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  30. Keegan, Tom (June 28, 2020). "New Red Sox coach Jerry Narron's writing on the dugout wall unmistakable". Boston Herald. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
Sporting positions
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Frederick Keys manager
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Baltimore Orioles Bench Coach
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Preceded by Baltimore Orioles Third Base Coach
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Preceded by Boston Red Sox Bench Coach
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2017 (interim)
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