Fortunately, the 84-year-old should be fine and is currently recovering from the “mild” heart attack in a New York area hospital. He was in the city to represent the Dodgers during the 2012 MLB first-year player draft.
TMZ found that Lasorda should be OK, and sources expect him to be released tomorrow. Concerns arose when he was not present for the draft, although he was spotted on Sunday out and about in Brooklyn.
The 1997 Hall of Fame inductee played from 1954 to 1956 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Kansas City Athletics before becoming the L.A. Dodgers' manager in 1976. He would hold that position until his retirement in 1996.
Lasorda captured three World Series during his active baseball career, winning one title as a player in 1955 and two as a manager in 1981 and 1988.
Lasorda was also honored as the National League Manager of the Year twice, in 1983 and 1988. He had his No. 2 uniform retired by the Dodgers a year after he hung up his cleats.
The Pennsylvania native is still active with the Dodgers organization and holds the position of Special Advisor to the Chairman, which allows him to fill numerous roles, including scouting, evaluating, advising and acting as an ambassador for the team.
We wish him a speedy recovery and hope that Lasorda is around for many more years with the Dodgers. The game of baseball is much better off when he is involved.
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