Tag:Johnny Narron
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:50 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 10:23 am
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton

Posted by Eye on Baseball

First off, the Rangers don't want Shayne Kelley to be called Josh Hamilton's "accountability coach" -- Kelley is a "Major League staff assistant" with more or less one player to coach.

The Rangers hired the former Royals minor-league strength assistant on Tuesday, but general manager Jon Daniels made sure to dismiss the term previously applied to Johnny Narron and, briefly, Michael Dean Chadwick, Hamilton's father-in-law.

"I don't know where that [term] came from … Josh is accountable for himself," Daniels told MLB.com. "Our aim is to support him and put him in a position to succeed. If you hire an interpreter for somebody, the guy is still responsible for what he says. Josh is still accountable for himself."

Josh Hamilton
Narron, the brother of Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron, had been by Hamilton's side since 2007, when Hamilton joined the Reds' organization -- and stayed with him even after his brother, Jerry, was fired as the team's manager. When Hamilton was traded to Texas, Narron went too. However, Narron left his job with the Rangers in November to become the Brewers hitting coach. Chadwick was hired in January, but backed out of the position less than two weeks later.

While without an aide or whatever else it is they want to call it, Hamilton had a relapse with alcohol. Hamilton is an admitted drug and alcohol addict. After his relapse became public, Hamilton met with doctors from Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Kelley was also along for the meeting, according to the newspaper. MLB hasn't decided if Hamilton will face disciplinary action from the relapse, which could be deemed a violation of his previous terms of reinstatement from previous suspensions. Daniels said he expected any such discipline "unlikely."

Kelley spent last season as a high school baseball coach, but has served as an assistant at Samford and Jacksonville State in Alabama. He was an assistant coach and team chaplain for the University of Alabama from 1996-99 and then served in Kansas City's minor-league system as a strength and conditioning coach for three years.

Hamilton had no previous relationship with Kelley, who came recommended by Hamilton's agent, Michael Moye, and Rangers vice-president Chuck Morgan, whose son was at Alabama with Kelley. Daniels said Kelley will have duties with the rest of the team in addition to Hamilton.

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:44 pm
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

By Matt Snyder

Rangers star outfielder Josh Hamilton is once again without an accountability coach, as his father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, has decided to back out of the position he agreed to take earlier this offseason (Foul Territory). Hamilton had been with Johnny Narron ever since joining the Rangers, but Narron took the job of Brewers' hitting coach, leaving the job vacant. The role of the "accountability coach" is to help protect Hamilton from his past demons -- alcohol and drugs -- especially on road trips.

"It was a tough, tough deal," Chadwick said (ESPN Dallas). "I let my heart get away with me. I wanted to go and be there for Josh. But I’ve got a 17-year-old daguther at home that needs me too and I’m a homebuilder and have a company here. I sort of put the cart before the horse. It was heartbreaking to call them and say, 'Guys, I can't do it.'"

The Rangers will reportedly seek a new replacement, even though Hamilton has told reporters that he doesn't feel he needs one. His father-in-law apparently agrees with that assessment.

"I think he's got that tiger by the tail," Chadwick said (ESPN Dallas). "If him and I could be together, it would be awesome because we get along so well. And if I thought that was the case that he would be in some sort of danger, I'd really reconsider."

Hamilton will turn 31 this coming May and has been to four straight All-Star Games since joining Texas. He won the 2010 AL MVP.

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Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:44 pm
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

Josh HamiltonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh Hamilton's father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, has been hired by the Rangers to be Hamilton's "accountability partner." 

Johnny Narron had traveled with Hamilton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, since 2007 when Hamilton was a Rule 5 draft pick by the Reds. Narron stayed with Hamilton after the Reds fired manager Jerry Narron, Johnny's brother, during the 2007. Johnny Narron then went with Hamilton to Texas when he was traded after the season. Narron left the Rangers to become the Brewers' hitting coach last month.

Chadwick will not have any baseball-related duties, the team said. Chadwick had once served as the Washington Redskins' team chaplain and has also dealt with addiction problems himself.

"I think Josh is in a very different position today than when we acquired him in December, 2007," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told the Dallas Morning News. "I think everyone agreed that when we traded for Josh, we thought Johnny was a real key hire. I think at that time, there was more unknown. We look at this as an important support position. … We've got such a unique clubhouse. Guys know Josh and respect Josh and they know what he has overcome. I think everybody who has been here has run across [Chadwick] and respects him, too. i don't anticipate this being an issue. Maybe if this was a less cohesive unit, but it is a very tight-knit group."

Hamilton having his own personal coach rubbed some members of the Reds the wrong way in 2007, but it apparently hasn't been as much of a problem in Texas.

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

Josh Hamilton loses his 'handler'

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 (MLB.com). "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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