Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is back home and resting comfortably after a long hospital stay, the team announced on Monday.
Lasorda was first hospitalized in Orange County on November 8 for “heart issues” per the Associated Press, was in intensive care for over three weeks, and spent December rehabbing. His total hospital stay lasted about eight weeks.
Lasorda had heart attacks in 1996, which caused him to retire in the middle of his 20th season as Dodgers manager, and in 2012 after representing the team at the MLB Draft in New York.
The 93-year-old Lasorda was at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas for Game 6 of the World Series, watching the Dodgers win their first championship in 32 years.
- Sandra Scully was given a proper remembrance by Mike DiGiovanna at the Los Angeles Times.
- In an effort to lessen the total number of players in spring training facilities at one time, MLB is expected to have major leaguers and Triple-A in spring training first, then have Double-A and Class-A players in spring training afterward, which would delay the start of the season for the lower levels. J.J. Cooper at Baseball America has more, as does Ronald Blum at the Associated Press.
- Longtime Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges is next eligible for Hall of Fame induction in December. Andy Furman writes at The Brooklyn Eagle that Hodges’ number 14 should be retired by the Dodgers.
- I missed this on Monday, but Dan Szymborski at FanGraphs re-ran his ZiPS projections after the Padres’ flurry of moves, and for the moment San Diego was projected for 98 wins in 2021, same as the Dodgers.