Dodgers announce 2016 coaching staff. Update.

Dave Roberts‘ coaching staff was formally announced on Thursday:

Bob Geren — bench coach
Rick Honeycutt — pitching coach
Turner Ward — hitting coach
Tim Hyers — assistant hitting coach
George Lombard — first base coach
Chris Woodward — third base coach
Josh Bard — bullpen coach
Juan Castro — quality assurance coach
Steve Yeager — coach

Gabe Kapler, the runner-up for the manager’s job and a rumored coach for weeks, will remain director of player development.

Update: Kapler talked about his decision to stay in the front office, and Roberts explained the challenge of putting together a staff in mid-December.

Here’s a bit more on each of the coaches from a team release:

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Report: Dodgers to hire George Lombard as first base coach.

A new name was added to the list of possible 2016 Dodgers coaches today:

Lombard, 40, would be a bit of a surprise, if only because he accepted a job as the Braves’ minor league field coordinator in September. In that job, Lombard also would have been the Braves’ minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Lombard appeared in 144 major league games for four different teams in his playing career, spending the majority of his 16 professional seasons (1994-2009) in the minors. At 32, he was invited to the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp in 2008. Lombard made a strong impression but ultimately missed the cut and was released in April of that year.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Lombard was previously on the Boston Red Sox’s major league coaching staff (2012-15) and managed a season in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.