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June 4, 2020  

George Lombard- First Base Coach, Los Angeles Dodgers

June 4, 2020

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Today we have on George Lombard. First base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. George has been a member of the dodgers for 5 years, after previously serving various roles in the Braves and Red Sox Minor League Systems. George’s story is one word, powerful. His mom was a civil rights activist with Martin Luther King jr. His grandfather was the dean of Harvard business school for 40 years. George was an all American running back and signed at the university of Georgia before ultimately deciding to pursue baseball which led to playing 6+ years in the big leagues.

Show notes from Zach Casto
  • You want to be the kind of coach that the players know that you. Care and love your players.
  • These are the coaches who are difference makers.
  • Often times the most influential person in your life is a good model of a good coach.
  • Stand up for what you believe and always do the right thing.
  • “Always look to make a difference in the lives of others.”
  • There will always be people who will help you out. Try to stay as positive as possible.
  • Always recognize those who have helped you.
  • You want to be the kind of coach that is positive and picks up players when they are at their lowest.
  • You also want to keep those same players grounded when they are playing at their best.
  • “Everyone in baseball should have the experience of being a hitting coach”
  • Push your players and peers to go after their goals.
  • Example: Get their bachelors degree.
  • A coaches role is to make a difference in the lives of their players.
  • You can make a difference every single day.
  • “You can make a difference every day.”
  • Special players make special teams.
  • The best coaches allow their assistants and players be themselves.
  • They try to eliminate distractions so that you can compete and teach at your best.
  • Players trust coaches who are transformational coaches.
  • Getting guys to believe in you will run through a wall for you.
  • They will feel free and focus at their best.
  • We want our players to believe in you so much that they can grow to be their best version of themselves.
  • The game of baseball is a tough game. It has a lot of ups and downs. As coaches we need to always be that steadying force.
  • We have to be consistent with our actions to build the trust of your players.
  • You need to be reliable.
  • It takes time to build trust.
  • Example: It could take 5 years.
  • Team bonding experiences and asking the players how they are and their family consistently shows that you care about the person.
  • To be successful it takes the help of multiple people.
  • You need to find out how much information you need to give to each player.
  • Some players are sponges whereas some players only need a few pieces of information.
  • When you have player meetings keep things as simple as possible.
  • The coaching staff needs to do all of the data collection.
  • The better prepared you are, the better the information will be dispersed, and the more confident the players will be to compete.
  • You want your best players and veteran players to buy in.
  • That’s when a strong culture will start to be implemented.
  • Players don’t like the term rules. Use responsibility instead.
  • As a first base coach talk to the base runner on their right side.
  • Go over information on the kind of pitcher they will be leading off against.
  • Green pitchers are slow.
  • Yellow are in between.
  • Red pitchers have really good moves and are quick to the plate.
  • Keep the players updated on the pop time of the catcher and if he likes to back pick.
  • Follow the scoreboard and make the proper decisions based off of that.
  • “When a pitcher gets the count to two strikes there is a good chance he goes offspeed. Look for the ball in the dirt.”
  • You want your base runners to take the extra 90 feet.
  • You want to win every dirt ball read situation.
  • You want your base runners to be aggressive and to also do the fundamentals properly.
  • If the players do that and get thrown out so what.
  • Focus on the process and not the results.
  • The Best pitchers have a balk move. Let the umpire be aware of that move.
  • As a first base coach understand what the third base coach likes to do.
  • Stay on the same page with the other base coach.
  • Before we can help a player we must know the player.
  • We must understand the culture and background of the player.
  • This allows us to empathize and understand where the player comes from.
  • The great team are all selfless and have a common goal.
  • Example: you don’t run the bases for yourself, you run the bases for your teammates.
  • “Every play matters.”
  • To create selfless players, it starts with actions.
  • “Keep them on track with the process and controlling things they can control.”