First Base Coach, Pittsburgh Pirates
Tarrik Brock is the current first base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Before joining the Pirates organization, Coach Brock spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres, the Houston Astros, and then-Florida Marlins. His first job as a coach was in the Pioneer League with the Ogden Raptors—the same organization that Tommy Lasorda once won three consecutive titles for (Ogden Dodgers) as an up-and-coming manager.
During his coaching time with the Astros in 2014, All-Star standout Jose Altuve set a career-high for stolen bases with 56.
Drafted in 1991 by the Detroit Tigers, Coach Brock spent 13 years playing professional baseball, spending time with the Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Brock's "Cup of Coffee" happened with the Chicago Cubs in 2000. During that inaugural major-league appearance—Opening Day in Tokyo, Japan against the New York Mets—Brock singled in his first MLB at-bat off Rich Rodriguez.
The left-handed outfielder was born on Christmas Day, 1973, in Goleta, California, and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Hawthorne High School, where his enthusiasm for baseball grew while watching greats like Dusty Baker, Reggie Jackson, and Reggie Smith—and, because of the baseball clinics that were provided in the South Los Angeles area, Brock's love for coaching also grew.
Coach Brock currently lives in Woodland Hills, California, with his wife, Kanika— who competed in track at the University of Southern California. They have two sons, T.J. and Christopher.