09/29/2002 3:58 pm ET
MLBeat: Narron meets with Hart
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Jerry Narron and general manager John Hart met on Sunday to discuss the future and direction of the franchise.
Narron said it was a good meeting but he remains uncertain about his future with the club. He signed a two-year contract last season, but Hart and Rangers owner Tom Hicks have said they will evaluate personnel, including Narron, during the next few days.
The Rangers will finish in last place in the American League West for the third consecutive season. Texas enters Sunday's finale 134-161 under Narron's guidance over the last two seasons.
"Honestly, I'm not worried about it. I want to stay here. I want this organization to be a success," said Narron, who is driving home to North Carolina after Sunday's game. "I'm a baseball guy and I understand how the game works."
With a 72-89 record, the Rangers need a victory Sunday to match 2001 for the eighth lowest winning percentage in team history at 73-89 (.451).
"There is no question I feel there are a lot of things I can do better. Every time you lose, you feel there are 100 things you can do better," Narron said.
Entering Sunday's game the Rangers ranked first in the Majors in home runs with 229, 2,542 total bases and a .455 slugging percentage. The relievers have the most blown saves in the AL with 33 and allowed the most homers (71) and second most hits (523) in the league. The 38 relief losses this season are the most in Major League history. The Rangers also established a club record with 1,429 days on the disabled list, surpassing the 1,421 days players spent on the shelf in 2001. The 22 players placed on the DL are the third most in club history, behind 27 in 1993 and 23 in 1991.
"I think we got a very solid core here and it's just a matter of getting the right people around these guys," Narron said. "For this team to win next year, a lot of things have to go right. There's a small margin for error."
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