Tommy Lasorda, a Dodgers legend and arguably the most famous manager in MLB history has died, TMZ Sports has confirmed. He was 93 years old. The Dodgers in a statement confirmed that Lasorda passed away Thursday night after suffering a heart attack.
Earlier Lasorda was admitted to a Southern California hospital back in mid-November in serious condition and required sedation. He was also put on a ventilator. But, Tommy’s condition improved over the past few weeks … and just a few days ago, he returned home.
Lasorda guided the only U.S. baseball team to win an Olympic title at the 2000 Sydney Games, three years after being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Lasorda is best known for leading the Dodgers to World Series crowns in 1981 and 1988 while at the helm for 21 seasons. Lasorda in late October attended the Dodgers’ Game 6 World Championship victory in Arlington, Texas, where the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1.
Legendary manager Bobby Valentine said on Twitter “Words can not express my feelings. A friend and mentor for 52 years are no longer with us. Tommy no one will ever fill the void you left. Thank you for everything. R.I.P.” Dodgers president Stan Kasten shared his sadness “In a franchise that has celebrated such great legends of the game, no one who wore the uniform embodied the Dodger spirit as much as Tommy Lasorda, A tireless spokesman for baseball, his dedication to the sport and the team he loved was unmatched. The Dodgers and their fans will miss him terribly. Tommy is quite simply irreplaceable and ALSO READ
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Tommy died after serving his 71st season with the Dodgers, an extraordinary display of loyalty. He spent the last two decades as a special advisor to the chairman. He earned eight honorary doctorate degrees, had an asteroid named after him by CalTech, he still used to make appearances every year on behalf of the Dodgers and MLB. He is in 17 Halls of Fame. Lasorda also won Manager of the Year twice in 1983 and 1988.