The Dodgers have announced that the former Dodger manager who was under the helm during the team’s last World Series win in 1988 has been taken to the hospital. Tommy Lasorda is currently in the intensive care unit at an unknown hospital in California. The team released the following statement:
“Lasorda, 93, was admitted and he is in intensive care, resting comfortably. The family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers; however, they request their privacy at this time.”
Of course with the family’s wishes that Lasorda’s conditions remain private, there is no further information available to the public.
Lasorda, who was a pitcher during his professional career, made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954. He was pulled from his start in the first inning and was demoted, never to pitch for the team again. However, that wouldn’t be his last moment in Dodger blue as he found his way back as a scout from 1961-65. After a couple of seasons managing within the Dodgers organization, Lasorda became the third-base coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers. After serving in that role for four seasons, he became the new manager for the Dodgers.
During his 20-year career as the leader of the team, Lasorda compiled a 1,599-1,439 record with four NL pennants, eight division titles, and two World Series titles. There’s no doubt that the former skipper is not on the minds of many Dodger fans who have heard the news. We hope for a full and speedy recovery for Tommy. Get well soon!