By Ronnie Woodward
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
As Chuck Humphrey described it, tonight’s banquet at J.H. Rose High School is all about fans of baseball coming together.
About 300 people are expected to attend the Pitt-Greenville Hot Stove Baseball League’s 24th annual banquet to be held at Rose.
Sam Narron, a former East Carolina pitcher who spent almost 10 years in the minor leagues and made one major league start, will be the guest speaker. Narron stopped playing in 2011 and is the pitching coach for the Auburn Doubledays, a Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Humphrey, the president of the Pitt-Greenville Hot Stove League, said Tuesday afternoon that the banquet is the marquee event for the organization every year. In addition to Narron addressing the crowd, scholarships and awards will be presented to local baseball coaches and players.
“This is about my 10th year doing it, so I’m starting to feel comfortable with it,” Humphrey said. “I feel like everything is in place and it always seems to come together.”
Humphrey said he has talked with Narron, a Goldsboro native who played at ECU from 2000-02 and was an All-American in 2001, and Narron is excited about the opportunity to be the guest speaker.
“He’s been to the event as a guest in the past, and I think he’s just ready to tell people about the baseball experience he had at East Carolina, playing in the minor leagues and now as a pitching coach with the Washington Nationals (organization),” Humphrey said.
Narron, who is in a baseball-rich extended family that includes former Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds manager Jerry Narron, spent most of his playing career in the Milwaukee farm system. He also had stints with the Rangers and Detroit Tigers.
After being drafted by Texas in the 15th round of the 2002 MLB draft and progressing through the club’s minor-league system, Narron made his major league debut in 2004. The left-hander started against the Oakland Athletics, allowing four runs in 22⁄3 innings.
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via The Daily Reflector.