Hawks’ baseball coach Tony Bloomfield will not just remember the 2016 season for the 12-0 start and winning his 700th career game, but also being able to coach his son Brett Bloomfield.
While this is the first time freshman infielder Brett Bloomfield has his father as head coach, he had plenty of opportunities to watch and learn from his father when Brett Bloomfield was a batboy for the Hawks between 2005-2010.
“The amount of knowledge I’ve learned from him and his other coaches and the players, from being the bat boy here for however many amount of years growing up,” Brett Bloomfield said.
“It really helps with the understanding of the game, what’s going on and what he decides to do with the team in a situation, I kinda already know why he does that and why that makes sense,” he said.
Brett Bloomfield, who was named third-team All State as a senior at Davis High School in 2014, was an infielder for the University of Oregon last year before returning home and playing for Cosumnes River College.
Being a coach can be challenging and there can be additional, unique challenges for a coach when his son is on the team.
“Not disciplining him too harshly, treating him differently than other kids I guess. I treat him the same way as everyone else. I’m probably firmer on him because he’s my own kid and I can probably get away with it more,” Tony Bloomfield said.
While there can be challenges for him, it also provides a chance for his son to play close to home and be near his family.
“We’re proud as heck of him, we wish the best for him. We’re hard on him and he gets it, but it’s good that he gets to play here, he’s been around this thing since he was born,” Tony Bloomfield said.
In such a competitive sport, it would be easy for a competitive father and son to have things carry over from the field to home life. But Brett Bloomfield credits his father for making sure home life is separated from the baseball life.
“My dad has always tried to separate his coaching life from his home life and he really put an emphasis on that this year for me going from field to home,” Brett Bloomfield said. “Only stuff we’ll ever talk after practice or a game, maybe like 5-10 minutes he’ll maybe get on me or say something, but then for the rest of the night it’s different topics, like school or what’s on tv, basic stuff,” he said.
Tony Bloomfield admits that separating the two isn’t always automatic, but it’s all for the best interests of the team and his son is fully onboard with it.
“It works. I’m not saying that it’s 100 percent. Yesterday I went home and was upset with him, gave him a few comments when he got in the house about what took place yesterday, baseball stuff,“ Tony Blomfield said. “But I have no problem with Brett because he plays hard and is a good teammate, that’s rule number one , he has been brought up that way, it’s always about the team.”
But the toughest post-game criticism for Brett Bloomfield might come from another family member.
“I think my daughter who is the announcer, she’s harsher on him than I am. She’s brutally honest with him. It is what it is, being a coach’s kid is a little bit tougher growing up, he’s got thick skin,” Tony Bloomfield said.
Now more than a month into the season, the transition to being coached by his father has been easier than Brett Bloomfield expected.
“It’s not what I thought it was going to be. It’s a little bit easier because he knows that I can handle his pressure, I’d have to say his tone of voice better than those that don’t know him,” Brett Bloomfield said.
This season has started about as perfectly as anyone on the team could have asked for. The Hawks are ranked No.1 in Northern California this season by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association and Brett Bloomfield was a part of his dad reaching 700 career wins as a coach.
“We had an argument at home, it was pretty funny. A week ago about it if he already did it or when he was going to because no one had any idea and I honestly didn’t know until the game ended and they gave him the game ball,” Brett Bloomfield said.
Meanwhile, the relationships between the family and team remains strong in the middle of a memorable season.
“It’s good for the family, good for grandma and grandpa, [and] good for mom and sister to watch him play again,” Tony Bloomfield said.