RENO - The Reno Aces, in conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks, have announced Jerry Narron as the third manager in franchise history. The former Major League skipper will be introduced to the media at a press conference next Wednesday, January 4, at Greater Nevada Field.
Narron, 60, has five years of Major League managerial experience on his résumé, including stints with the Texas Rangers (2001-02) and Cincinnati Reds (2005-07). He posted an overall record of 291-341 (.460) during his time at the helm.
"We have been extremely fortunate to have terrific managers through our history," said Eric Edelstein, president of the Reno Aces and Reno 1868 FC. "We are thrilled to have Jerry [Narron] bring his 40+ years of professional experience to Reno."
Narron most recently served as third base coach for Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier. From 2011-15, he was with the Milwaukee Brewers as their bench coach. He served in the same capacity with the Reds for the 2004-05 campaigns, the latter season seeing him promoted to interim manager in mid-June. He was also bench coach for the Boston Red Sox during their run to the ALCS in 2003. Prior to taking over the reins as interim manager for Texas in May 2001, he was the Rangers' third base coach from 1995-01. The Goldsboro, N.C. native also coached for the Baltimore Orioles during the 1993-94 seasons after managing in their farm system from 1989-92.
His playing career spanned eight seasons with three different teams: the New York Yankees (1979), Seattle Mariners (1980-81, '87) and California Angels (1983-86). He collected 21 home runs and 96 RBI in 392 games played. He was selected by the Yankees in the sixth round of the 1974 MLB Draft and made his Major League debut on April 13, 1979.
Narron replaces former manager Phil Nevin who guided the Aces for the previous three seasons before accepting a position as third base coach for the San Francisco Giants in early November. Brett Butler was the Aces' first manager, leading the squad from 2009-13.
The Aces open their 2017 season on Thursday, April 6 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park. The home opener is set for Tuesday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m. against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Greater Nevada Field. Season memberships are on-sale now at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, follow the club on Twitter (@aces) or like the team on Facebook.