George Lombard Jr. battles dad for the sake of Yankees’ pinstripes

Yankees promising young infield prospect George Lombard Jr. is with his father George Lombard on March 3, 2024.

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A unique matchup unfolded on Sunday at spring training, featuring a battle of last names: Lombard versus Lombard. Donning the pinstripes for the New York Yankees was George Lombard Jr., a promising young infield prospect. Lining up on the opposing side, representing the Detroit Tigers’ dugout, was veteran coach George Lombard.

While the family bragging rights remain undecided, the game itself saw the Tigers emerge victorious with a final score of 7-2. George Lombard Jr. contributed a walk for the Yankees but unfortunately grounded into a game-ending double play.

George Lombard Jr. expressed his feelings about the experience, stating that it was enjoyable to spend the entire day at the training camp, including the morning workout with the team, which he found to be a positive experience. He also mentioned the game and facing his counterpart for the first time, expressing hope for more such encounters in the future.

Before the game, the Lombards also swapped lineup cards at home plate.

Aaron Boone remarked that he found it quite fascinating to go up to the plate with the lineup card and witness his child playing against him.

George Lombard Jr. puts pinstripes above family


An interesting family connection took center stage in a recent spring training game. Eighteen-year-old George Lombard Jr., a promising infield prospect drafted by the New York Yankees 26th overall in the previous year’s amateur draft, found himself facing off against veteran coach George Lombard of the Detroit Tigers.

George Lombard Jr. saw some action in the minor leagues last season, participating in 13 games across the rookie-level FCL Yankees and Single-A Tampa teams. The unique matchup of players with the same last name reportedly became a topic of conversation amongst the Tigers’ coaches before the game, adding a touch of intrigue to the spring training contest.

Tigers manager A.J. Hinch mentioned during the coach’s meeting that they had a pleasant discussion about whether he would need to vacate the bench when George Lombard Jr. steps up to bat. He said this with a smile.

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