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Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:00 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 5:03 pm
By Matt Snyder

The Milwaukee Brewers lost their hitting coach when Dale Sveum was hired as the Cubs new manager. Monday, the Brewers filled the hole by hiring Johnny Narron. It unites him with his older brother Jerry, who is the Brewers bench coach. Still, that's not really the story here.

Johnny Narron has been with Rangers star Josh Hamilton for a long time. Hamilton has known Narron since he was nine years old and playing on a youth basketball team with Narron's son. Once becoming a professional baseball player, Hamilton had the well-documented struggles with addiction and has since cleaned himself up. And Narron's been right with him every step of the way.

When Hamilton finally emerged on the 2007 Reds, Narron was considered Hamilton's "handler" by many and never left his side. His technical title was video and administrative coach. When Hamilton was shipped to the Rangers via trade the following offseason, Narron went to Texas as well, getting the title of assistant hitting coach. But he was basically Hamilton's shadow. When Hamilton was answering questions at All-Star Game media day about Rangers fan Shannon Stone's death, for example, Narron was sitting right next to him.

"I'm with him and I'm for him 24 hours a day," Narron said ( "I've been very blessed to be a part of this whole trip. I'm able to be there and support a young man who has turned his life over to God. I love Josh. I know that Josh loves me. We respect each other. It's a relationship that we both believe was meant to be."

Hamilton obviously has a strong support system, but losing Narron might test his mettle a bit. Obviously they won't stop communicating, but that's not the same as being with someone all day every day during the grueling 162-game baseball season.

"We've been in touch with Josh -- before and after the hiring -- and will sit down to discuss the best way to move forward," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We're confident we will continue to support Josh and all of our players as needed. In anticipation of losing Johnny, we had some discussion about this, but will be in better position to address that specifically once we've all put our heads together."

Hopefully everything works out.

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Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:35 pm

Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

ok dick.  sure his friend helped but alot of people that are in recvoery can help josh.  he stays in program he will stay sober. its that simple

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:42 pm

Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

bet josh relapses in 2012. book it.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:23 pm

That is so sad....

If I were Hamilton I would have made up the difference in in salary two fold.   God Bless Josh.  You keep me going every day.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:22 pm

Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

Better trade him to Brewers or his value will plummet like Dunn. Maybe they can get a Nice Prospect

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:41 pm

Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

Either Josh gets traded to Milwaukee or he comes crashing down like a without Narron at his side. AA support is one thing but Narron and Hamilton are exactly as they describe: inseperable since the age of 9. That type of loss to Josh and the growing expectations of the Rangers to win a ring NOW is going to get in his head so deep that he may become another Adam Dunn if he isn't careful or just asks for a trade to Milwaukee imo.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:42 pm

Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

I'm a lifelong Reds fan, and a Josh Hamilton fan.  I hated like H*** to see him traded, and, I will always say that it was the Reds' worst trade ever.  But, I continue to be a Josh Hamilton fan, and I hope he leads all of baseball in every statistic.  His wonderful wife and his religious commitment will both be of tremendous value to him.  He will do great.  I wish him and the Rangers every success. 

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:31 am

Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

There's this somewhat well known support system called Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It celebrated 75 years in 2010. It has a very high success rate and longevity for one simple reason: it's where one alcoholic can go and talk w/ other alcoholics and they can relate to one another and in turn help to keep each other sober. Alcoholics Anonymous is nothing more than staying sober one day at a time and EVERYTHING after that is God's will. I know it worked for me because I had people nod their head(s) when I shared my story, because they could relate to what I was going through. I know if I had someoe tell me that in order to stay sober, I needed to have someone w/ me all the time, I don't know if I would have been enthusiastic to that thought, especially if they were't in recovery. Josh is a grown man and knows that having someone with him all the time is not a normal thing to do as an adult living in society. Alcoholics Anonymous is not about taking people out of society. It's about trying to show alcoholics how to fit into society and starting by staying sober first. Alcoholics are not good members of society; sober ones are.  

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:35 pm

Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

We love you in Texas Josh and know you will be fine.  May God be with you.

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