This was posted by Mainspark over on the other board.From a Rangers-related blog...
Jim Reeves, in his Sunday column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, notes that the Rangers have brought Johnny Narron (brother of former Rangers and Reds manager Jerry Narron) aboard in a number of capacities, the most important of which will be to continue to serve as confidant and mentor to center fielder Josh Hamilton.
Narron, who coached Hamilton as a youth in North Carolina, served in that role last year for the Reds, in addition to running the club's video system. According to Reeves, he'll do the same for Texas and will also assist the organization as an in-game scout and help hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Notably, Narron also provided support for Cincinnati hitting coach Brook Jacoby, who had been with the Rangers for four years before getting the Reds job and had filled in for Jaramillo as big league hitting coach when Jaramillo was sidelined due to cancer treatments.
Narron was also a manager and hitting coach in the Brewers system, but his experience as a friend to Hamilton is why he's here.
There were a lot of negative posts on the other board concerning this. I think it is a good move by the Rangers, and it cost very little considering the salary of Narron is probably + - 100K.
On the road, Hamilton has no access to a support group, or sponsor. Hamilton has been very successful in his recovery so far. If Josh trusts Johnny, and has faith in his ability, what's the problem? Josh has not been clean for that long, and has a past of falling off the wagon, at least before he commmitted his life to Christ.
If you think about it, Josh probably does not know anyone on the Rangers personally. Now he has Johnny, who is knows better than anyone, or almost anyone.
You can call it a babysitter if you want to, but a recovering addict needs a sponsor that they have access to 24/7.