Narron on Bailey
My friend and colleague, MLB.com Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy had a chat today with bench coach Jerry Narron. Of course, Narron managed the Reds from 2005-07, and it was near the end of his tenure when Homer Bailey debuted in the Majors.
Below is a portion of Adam’s notebook item and I thank him for sending it on.
WASHINGTON — Homer Bailey’s first Major League manager expressed surprise Wednesday that the Reds right-hander has thrown baseball’s last two no-hitters, but that was no knock on Bailey.
“I’m surprised when anybody throws a no-hitter,” said Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron, who has in his final season as Reds skipper when Bailey arrived in 2007. “Two no-hitters? That’s legit.”
Less than 10 months removed from his no-hitter in Pittsburgh last September, Bailey blanked the Giants for nine no-hit innings in a 3-0 win Tuesday night in Cincinnati. He became the first pitcher since fellow Texan Nolan Ryan in 1974 and ’75 to throw two no-hitters without another big league pitcher accomplishing the feat between his. And Bailey joined Mark Buehrle, Roy Halladay and Justin Verlander as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.
A lot has changed in the six years since Bailey was called up to the Reds during a trip to Philadelphia in ’07, a 21-year-old who showed up at the ballpark with a huge hunting knife in a case attached to his belt. He was a former first-round pick with a reputation for being mostly interested in hunting and fishing.
Now he’s a pitcher.
“Very few pitchers come up and really dominate right away,” Narron said. “He was a ‘stuff’ guy, threw hard, but he had to learn how to pitch and get a feel for what he was doing. He’s found it.”