On Tuesday, the Texas Rangers announced that Jerry Narron will not return as manager of the Texas Rangers for the 2003 season. Narron was informed of his dismissal on Tuesday afternoon, which came two days after the Rangers finished last in the American League West division with a 72 - 90 record.
"This has been a very difficult decision because I like and respect Jerry Narron," commented Rangers GM John Hart. "But we have to make some tough decisions now. Our fans deserve better than the record and performance of the 2002 Texas Rangers. This season has certainly been very frustrating and painful for all of us. Injuries have obviously played a major factor, but there are a number of areas in which we need to change and improve. Our fans deserve to have the Rangers contend every year, and I am committed to putting this organization in a position to do that."
Hart announced the decision after two days of evaluation meetings with Rangers owner Tom Hicks and Assistant GM Grady Fuson.
"John, Grady, and I had a very constructive discussion of our entire baseball operation over the last two days," commented Hicks. "I am convinced that John and Grady have made a thorough and complete evaluation in reaching the decision to change managers. I want to thank Jerry Narron for his efforts over the last two years under some difficult circumstances. I wish him the very best for the future."
Hart indicated that the search for a new manager will begin immediately and could include candidates from both within and outside the organization. He also indicated that the new manager will be involved in the makeup of the 2003 major league coaching staff.
Narron was appointed as the Rangers 15th fulltime manager on May 4th, 2001 after Johnny Oates stepped down and had a 134 - 162 record in the position. He signed a two year contract extension through 2003 on June 2nd, 2001. Texas was 62 - 72 under Narron in 2001, finishing in fourth place. He has been with the Rangers organization for eight seasons, serving as Oates' third base coach from 1995 until becoming manager.