Brewers hire Johnny Narron to replace Dale Sveum as hitting coach

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Dale Svuem taking over as the Cubs’ manager left the Brewers without a hitting coach and today they filled the position with Johnny Narron, whose brother Jerry is Milwaukee’s bench coach.

Narron has lots of experience coaching and managing in the Brewers’ minor-league system and most recently served as the Rangers’ assistant hitting coach, working specifically with and mentoring Josh Hamilton after the two formed a relationship on the Reds.

Now he takes over an offense that’s likely to lose cleanup hitter Prince Fielder, but the Brewers have the reigning MVP in Ryan Braun and ranked fifth among NL teams in scoring while leading the league in homers.