For the 2020 Dodgers, the band continues to break it up a bit. Of course, 7 players are currently free agents, including Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, and Blake Treinen. But now there’s an added shake up to the coaching staff.
According to Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic in Detriot, the Dodgers have lost long-time first base coach George Lombard to the Tigers.
The Tigers have made more coaching hires, sources tell me and @Britt_Ghiroli.
George Lombard will be A.J. Hinch's bench coach.
Scott Coolbaugh as hitting coach.
Chip Hale as third base coach.
— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) November 7, 2020
Lombard, who interviewed for Detroit’s open manager position, gets a promotion to bench coach under A.J. Hinch. Hinch, of course, famously was the manager of the cheating Houston Astros from 2015-2019 when he was suspended by MLB for his inaction as a leader of the ballclub. Now less than 12 months later, he’s employed again by a Major League team, which has drawn much criticism around the league.
However, where this is important is in losing George Lombard. The 45-year-old was brought on to be part of Dave Roberts’ coaching staff when Doc was hired in the winter of 2015. He joins a club that was 12 games under .500 in the shortened 2020 season and that hasn’t had a winning record since 2016.
Good luck, George!