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Jerome "Jerry" Narron (1956 - )

Manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Former Pro Baseball Player

Jerome Austin Narron (born January 15, 1956 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball and the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds, having been named to that position on an interim basis on June 20, 2005. On September 29 of that year, his contract was extended to cover the 2006 season with mutual option for 2007. He was drafted out of high school in the sixth round by the New York Yankees in 1974 and played alongside brother Johnny Narron in Johnson City, Tennessee during his first professional season. Narron played for the Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and California Angels before retiring as a player in 1989. He then began coaching for the Baltimore Orioles organization until 1995 when he was hired as a coach for the Texas Rangers by Johnny Oates and GM Doug Melvin.

On June 28, 2006, Narron's contract was extended to cover the 2008 season.

Coaching History
Narron was third-base coach for the Texas Rangers in 1995 and remained there until he was named interim manager May 4, 2001 after the firing of manager Johnny Oates. He was replaced in Texas by Buck Showalter in 2002. Narron then served as bench coach for the Boston Red Sox during their 2003 run to the ALCS.

Trivia

  • Narron also coaches girl's varsity basketball at Rosewood High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
  • In 1979, Narron caught the Yankees' first game following the death of beloved Yankee catcher Thurman Munson.
  • He is the nephew of former major league catcher Sam Narron.
  • His brother Johnny Narron is currently a coach in the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system.
  • Narron wears the number 41 with the Reds to honor his five children, 4 daughters and 1 son, the youngest of the five.
  • Member of Sudan Shriners of New Bern, N.C.