Longtime Dodgers manager and current special advisor to the chairman Tommy Lasorda has suffered a mild heart attack and has been hospitalized in New York, as reported by TMZ and confirmed by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Lasorda, 84, is said to be resting comfortably and expects to be released by Wednesday.
Lasorda was in New York to represent the Dodgers at the MLB Draft.
The Dodgers confirmed that doctors inserted a stent to correct a blocked artery in Lasorda’s heart. He is resting comfortably and in stable condition.
“The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue,” Lasorda joked. “I’m looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers.”
Heart attacks are nothing new to Lasorda, as he had a minor heart attack in June 1996. That forced him to retire, ending his 20-year run as manager of the team. Lasorda was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.
This is Lasorda's 63rd season as a member of the Dodgers organization.
Today is a big day historically for Hall of Fame Dodger managers as on this date in 1977, in Lasorda's first season at the helm, the Dodgers retired the number 24 of former manager Walt Alston in a ceremony at Dodger Stadium.