Narron was a rookie back for the Yankees back in 1979 when given the difficult task of replacing Munson. He hit just .171 in 61 games and that offseason was traded to Seattle. He ended up playing nearly six years in the big leagues, including three years as Bob Boone's backup with the Angels.
Like Johnny Oates, Narron was a backup catcher who drifted into managing. He managed in the Baltimore minor league system from 1989-92, where he compiled a 291-269 record before joining the Rangers with Oates in 1995. He had served as third-base coach since joining the staff.
"We have not played anywhere near where we're capable of playing," said Narron, who was a minor-league teammate of Rangers GM Doug Melvin with Fort Lauderdale in 1976. "It's my job to get guys to achieve and overachieve. I don't know what we're going to change."
In his minor-league managerial days, Narron managed Double-A Hagerstown in 1990-91 and Triple-A Rochester in 1992. Among the young players he groomed were Arthur Rhodes, Ricky Gutierrez and Mike Mussina.
Narron described his managerial style as one cobbled from his time with Oates and his playing days under Billy Martin, Gene Mauch, John McNamara and Dick Williams.
He was the Rangers' interim manager in 1995 when Oates took a leave of absence, going 2-3 in five games. Jerry Narron was appointed the interim manager for Texas upon the resignation of Oates in May 2001.
Following two disappointing back-to-back seasons for the Rangers, Jerry was fired at the end of the 2002 season.
Jerry Narron is in his third season as Reds field manager, in his fourth season in the organization
and in his 34th season in professional baseball...on 12/23/03 was hired as manager Dave Miley's
bench coach...on 6/21/05 was named interim manager, replacing Miley...the 2005 club went
27-43 under Miley and 46-46 under Narron...on 9/29/05 was signed through the 2006 season,
with a mutual option for 2007...on 6/28/06 was given a 2-year contract extension through the
2008 season, with a club option for 2009...in the 162g prior to his hiring the Reds went 65-97
(.401)...in the first 162g after his hiring they went 84-78 (.519)...the 8-4 victory at Hou on 7/27/06
was his 100th as Reds manager (100-94, .515)...while with the Reds has been ejected once
as a coach (9/18/04 by HP Tim Welke) and 4 times as manager (4/20/06 at Mil by 1B Charlie
Reliford, 5/28/06 vs Ari by HP Larry Vanover, 7/2/06 vs Cle by 1B Chris Guccione, 7/28/06 at Mil by HP Brian
Runge)...spent the 2003 season as bench coach under Red Sox manager Grady Little...from 2001-2002
managed the Rangers...at Texas was the third base coach under manager Johnny Oates from 1995 until he
was named interim skipper on 5/4/01...on 6/2/01 was given a 2-year contract extension through 2003 but
was replaced following the 02 season by Buck Showalter...while coaching at Texas, the Rangers won the
American League West 3 times (1996, 98, 99)...also coached under Oates at Baltimore in 1993 (dugout
coach) and 1994 (third base coach)...from 1989-92 managed at 3 levels in the Orioles minor league system
and went 291-269 (.520).