The Dodgers have a vacancy on their coaching staff.
George Lombard has left the team to become bench coach for the Detroit Tigers under their newly hired manager, A.J. Hinch. Lombard served as the Dodgers’ first-base coach for five seasons under manager Dave Roberts and also worked with defensive positioning in the outfield as well as baserunning.
Lombard’s departure leaves bench coach Bob Geren and bullpen coach Josh Bard – who left for two seasons with the New York Yankees – as the only members of Roberts’ original coaching staff still with the team.
Lombard, 45, spent parts of six seasons as an outfielder in the major leagues and had his greatest success with the Tigers in 2002, batting .241 with five home runs in 72 games (all career highs).
Lombard interviewed for the Tigers’ managerial opening this fall and the Pittsburgh Pirates a year ago and was considered a candidate to become a manager at some point.