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Diamondbacks announce interim bench coach: Reno Aces manager Jerry Narron

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With bench coach Ron Gardenhire recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, the Diamondbacks have tabbed Jerry Narron to fill in the role. Narron was initially hired to be the Reno Aces manager.

When the announcement that bench coach Ron Gardenhire would be undergoing surgery to treat prostate cancer, the first question was who would replace him? That question now has an answer as the Diamondbacks announced an interim replacement while Gardenhire recovers from the surgery.

Narron has managerial experience, managing the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds from 2001-2007. Narron compiled a 157-179 record as an MLB manager over that time period. Part of the reason I believe the Dbacks hired Gardenhire was his 2,000+ games of experience as an MLB manager to assist a rookie manager in Torey Lovullo. While Narron doesn’t have the experience, especially when it comes to handling success, his years of experience in the majors as a bench coach or base coach. When you need an interim replacement on arguably the most important position on the coaching staff after the manager, a guy with over 300 games of experience as a manager is not a bad resource to lean on.