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Dodgers Reportedly Lose Coach George Lombard to Detroit Tigers



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.

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!

NEXT: Dave Roberts Thrilled for Clayton Kershaw to Finally Change the Narrative

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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    • AJ Hinch did not instigate the sign-stealing scheme. That was Alex Cora the bench
      coach for the Astros in 2017. Hinch is a great guy & a great manager. Don’t know
      why Lombard made the decision to choose Detroit over LA. Someone should ask him.

      • Was he deaf and not hear the trash can banging?
        did he refuse his cheaters world series ring? Did he refuse his world series bonus money? Yes he is a great guy, accepting stolen rewards, benefits from cheating.

        • No one is saying Hinch is without blame. He should have stopped what was going on. And yes, he is a good guy & a good manager & the Tigers are lucky to have him. People make mistakes. The Dodgers have their championship. Would they have won in 2017 if this hadn’t gone on? No way to know, but I wouldn’t bet on it. They didn’t make it to the WS in 2018. Glad they won this year. They were the best team in baseball. No doubt about that. Glad to see Kershaw get that WS ring.

  1. Congratulations to George! He will be missed. But that is what happens with Championship teams. Their coaches are coveted to help transition lesser teams. Hmm, sure does look like an opening for Chase!

  2. the men in blue are the best. finally no cameras, cans banging,lids clanking.all over. JUST GOOD BASEBALL. And no bad language over cheaters. man to man.The kind of game we all love.and we can take our families too.What a crazy year and sad times. But you all did it. your work was worth it. congrats boys in blue. Always the best. America the games we are all so proud of you. god bless you all. the best to all coming back. hopefully joc he is no 1 dodger. I think of him like the babe he hits just like he used too. and a nice smile. welcome back 2021.

  3. George Lombard has always been respected in the Baseball community. He is a very knowledgeable baseball mind.
    All of us understand going for a promotion. However, deciding to do that with a man of No Honor, an admitted cheater is reprehensible.
    I am disappointed in Lombard and the Detroit Tigers for hiring the dishonest AJ Hinch.
    The Tigers are obviously not an organization with integrity.

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