Tommy lasorda, former manager of the Dodgers from The Angels, died this Thursday at the age of 93 after suffering a heart attack at home. The news was reported by the Los Angeles team this Friday, which caused great pain in the world of Baseball and sports in general. For example the historic basketball player Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson posted a meaningful message on their networks.
“For the past 8 years I have sat next to Tommy at every Dodgers game and he taught me invaluable lessons on baseball strategy and history. I will miss our conversations that always included the Dodgers and Lakers. He was referring to the world for the Dodgers organization, MLB, and for the city of Los Angeles. He will always be known to the Dodger Nation as ?? Mr. Dodger. Cookie and I are praying for the entire Lasorda family. Rest in peace“Said the Los Angeles Lakers idol.
Lasorda had returned home after a long stay in the hospital due to an illness that did not transpire. This Thursday night he passed away, according to the Dodgers in a statement. “The Dodgers are mourning the passing of the great Tommy Lasorda,” the official Dodgers account in Spanish posted on Twitter and posted a profile picture of a number 2 (which Lasorda used).
“In a franchise that has celebrated such great legends of the game, no one who wore the uniform embodied the spirit of the Dodgers as much as Tommy Lasorda,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said in a statement, adding: “The Dodgers and his fans will miss him terribly. Tommy is simply irreplaceable and unforgettable. For its part, the NBA franchise, the Lakers (of which Lasorda was a fan) published: “We honor a Los Angeles icon, a 71-season veteran and a Dodger forever. Rest in peace, Tommy.
For his part, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred paid tribute to Lasorda by assuring that he was “one of the best coaches our game has ever known. His passion, success, charisma and sense of humor made him an international celebrity, a stature he used to grow our sport, “said Manfred. Lasorda, who led the Dodgers to World Series victories in 1981 and 1988, retired as manager of the institution in 1996, about a month after suffering a heart attack in June of that year.
Four years later, Lasorda emerged from retirement to lead the United States baseball team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where the United States beat Cuba to win the gold medal. Tommy remains the only coach to have coached Olympic and World Series baseball champions. The former captain is well-liked on the team, always going to see them at Dodger Stadium and has been in the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1997, thanks to his 20-year work as a Dodgers coach (1976-1996).
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