Josh Hamilton is more than happy to see Johnny Narron land a big league hitting job. Narron was named the Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach earlier this offseason, leaving the Rangers after four seasons as a special assignments coach.
One of Narron's main jobs was as a member of Hamilton’s support network, making sure Hamilton didn’t relapse during the season. Now, Hamilton and the Rangers are working towards finding a possible replacement for Narron, although Hamilton feels he is in a better place than when he was acquired four years ago.
“I don’t feel like I need somebody,” Hamilton said. “At the same time, if it adds confidence for me, the Rangers or Major League Baseball or the fans or whoever to have somebody, yeah, I’m all for it.
“I don’t ever get comfortable. I keep my safeguards where they are, and surround myself with people who want to see me succeed and do well.”
Hamilton met with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels over the weekend, and both are on the same page.
“Josh is in a different place than he was when we acquired him,” Daniels said. “We just don’t want to take anything for granted, and neither do Josh and Katie [Hamilton, his wife].”
-- Drew Davison