Jerry Narron will become the third Aces’ manager in team history. The first was Brett Butler, currently the baserunning/outfield coach for the Miami Marlins, who ran the team from its inception in 2009 through 2013. He was followed by Phil Nevin, whose three season stint with the team ended when he accepted the position of third-base coach with the San Francisco Giants.
Narron was a sixth-round pick by the New York Yankees in the 1974, and the catcher played in the majors from 1979 through 1987. He appeared in a total of 392 games for the Yankees, Mariners and Angels. After retiring in 1987, he managed in the Baltimore Orioles farm system from 1989-92, and then had two season as an Orioles coach. He moved to Texas, where he was third-base coach from 1995-2001, taking over as Rangers’ manager that year and in 2002. Bench coach stints for the Red Sox and Reds followed, and he managed Cincinnati in 2005-07.
His overall managerial record in the majors is 291-341, but looks like this will be his first minor-league managerial post. He was also a bench coach for the Brewers through 2015, and most recently was third-base coach for the Israeli team which qualified for next year’s World Baseball Classic. [His daughter apparently lives in Israel] Eric Edelstein, president of the Reno Aces, said, "We have been extremely fortunate to have terrific managers through our history. We are thrilled to have Jerry [Narron] bring his 40+ years of professional experience to Reno."
It’s interesting to see the team again go for an external candidate, as they did with the major-league manager’s job.