The Dodgers announced Tommy Lasorda was hospitalized on Sunday.
Until this October, the last Los Angeles Dodgers World Series team was managed by none other than Tommy Lasorda, who oversaw championships in 1981 and 1988. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 and has remained connected to the team in some capacity in recent years.
But he’s also been dealing with health issues that saw him hospitalized on a few occasions, and we’re sad to report that Lasorda is in intensive care in Orange County with heart issues. His family said the 93-year-old is resting comfortably.
According to TMZ, however, Lasorda was admitted into the hospital last week and his condition worsened before he improved to where he is now.
The Dodgers didn’t reveal any specifics, so those details have not been confirmed, but his heart issues have been well-documented.
He was forced to retire from managing after a heart attack in 1996, and then he suffered a second in 2012. Back in 2017, he underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker. He was also hospitalized twice in 2016 due to health issues.
Unfortunately for the legendary Dodgers’ skipper, this was the worst health update to date if the TMZ report, which suggested he was hooked up to a ventilator and sedated, is true.
Lasorda managed the Dodgers for 21 seasons from 1976-1996. He accumulated a 1,599-1,439 record over that span and went 31-30 in the postseason with four NL Pennants (LA lost to the Yankees in back-to-back World Series in 1977 and 1978).
He was also a former MLB pitcher after being drafted by the Phillies in 1945. Lasorda only logged 26 career games with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Kansas City Athletics, however, before starting a new career as a scout, which eventually got him his managerial job.
We’re sending all our positive vibes Lasorda’s way during what’s been a trying 2020. Hopefully, the skipper who bleeds blue pulls through in the wake of celebrating a title.