Pirates Considering George Lombard for Manager Spot

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Bench coach Bob Geren isn’t the only member of the Dodgers‘ coaching staff being considered for a manager spot.

According to Craig Mish of SiriusXM, the Pirates have recently interviewed Los Angeles first base coach George Lombard to fill their vacancy resulting from the departure of long-time skipper Clint Hurdle.

The 44-year-old Lombard has been serving as the Dodgers’ first base, outfield and baserunning coach since 2015, the same year the legendary Davey Lopes left a similar position with the team.

Lombard, who last played at age 31 in 2006, was once committed to play football at the University of Georgia as a heavily recruited running back, but ultimately chose baseball as his desired career path.

The Atlanta native was drafted by his hometown Braves in the second round of the 1994 MLB draft. He would ultimately go on to play for four different teams over a six year career, and eventually begin his coaching endeavors as a hitting coach for the Low-A Lowell Spinners in 2010.

Lombard was promoted to numerous positions throughout the Boston farm system, holding down spots anywhere from manager of the Gulf Coast Red Sox to outfield and baserunning coordinator for Triple-A Pawtucket. Before the 2015 season, he was hired by the Braves as a field coordinator.

Although he never officially played for the Dodgers, he was a non-roster invitee to the Dodgers’ spring training camp in 2008 and made the trip with a split squad to play the first-ever major league games in China. In the process, he achieved what is perhaps his biggest claim to fame—becoming the first American baseball player to hit a home run on Chinese soil.

Baserunning and positional range were Lombard’s best tools as a player. In his brief major-league career (144 games in six seasons), Lombard stole 23 bases in 25 attempts.

“When Dave (Roberts) called me and presented this opportunity it was something I couldn’t pass on,” Lombard told reporters not long after being hired by the Dodgers. “Teaching is the fun part. Dealing with the players and seeing a player progress and being able to put your hands on them and help them progress — that’s the rewarding part. And it’s fun. I feel like I’ve never worked a day in my life.”

The Pirates fired Hurdle with one game remaining in the 2019 regular season. He managed the club for nine years.

Lombard joins Geren among a group of highly respected coaches who are being considered for multiple spots around baseball.

At the end of the 2018 season,  Dodgers’ third base coach Chris Woodward started an exodus that saw him accept the managerial spot for the Rangers. Within days, Turner Ward snagged the hitting coach job in Cincinnati. A short time later, Farhan Zaidi was named the new president of baseball operations for the Dodgers’ biggest NL West rival, the Giants.

 

5 thoughts on “Pirates Considering George Lombard for Manager Spot

  1. “I feel like I’ve never worked a day in my life.”

    Wish I could say that. There’s a man who knows what a blessing it is to become a millionaire by playing a game you love. I wish him well whatever he decides to do.

    Seems like a lot of talent has been walking out the door. I wonder if the same thing might happen in Houston? Especially if they don’t snap out of it. They already have issues in management, if they fold there could be a real shakeup there.

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    1. For those who put winning above all else, Houston is probably a great organization to work for. For those with a conscience, maybe not so much. Admittedly, I have absolutely no inside info on what goes on there but I’ve read more than one story about how they run things and it isn’t very pretty.

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    2. I’ve read a lot too, trying to figure out what, if anything actually went on with this. There’s a piece in Yahoo about it I thought covered it pretty well, followed by over 700 comments from the public. Most of the comments read like this:

      “dan13 hours ago
      The media reminds me of the Salem witch hunts I read about in school. The dude served his time. He completed his 75 game suspension. He received a no contest verdict in Canadian courts. Is he supposed to not ever have a job anymore because he allegedly did a despicable thing?”

      Taubman lost his job because he sounded intolerant. I don’t know what’s in the man’s heart about this issue but he paid a steep price for his comment. The charges on Osuna were dropped, he served his time. I hope everyone can move on.

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  2. As most of you should know, MLB does not like negative press. Especially during what should be it’s show case event. I do know that Osuna served his suspension and had the no contest verdict. The fact that Taubman made what was a really dumb statement at an inopportune moment is solely on him. To me it shows a lack of judgement about a subject that has been for some sports and other celebrity’s a very hot point in the public’s eye. There was an episode on Blue Bloods last night that basically said that with social media the way it is now, unlike what our justice system says, not guilty until proven guilty, it is the other way around. The court of public opinion can ruin you much faster. I can remember when I lived in Phoenix that there was a pitcher with the D-Backs that was accused of domestic violence and the uproar from the public pretty much forced the teams hand and the player was released. One of the star players on the Suns faced the same thing. But after a suspension from the league, he remained on the team and it was a coupld of more years before he was traded.

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