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The baseball world remembers Tommy Lasorda

The Hall of Fame former Dodgers manager died Thursday at age 93

Sports Contributor Archive 2019 Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The passing of Tommy Lasorda has brought reaction from around the baseball world, which was to be expected for someone so involved in the sport for over seven decades.

MLB Network ran a seven-minute tribute video to Lasorda that’s worth your time.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on MLB Network recalled a story of when he was a player with the Dodgers (2002-04), during batting practice at spring training in Vero Beach. Lasorda was between 75-77 years old at the time.

“After we’ve done about 45 minutes, an hour of extra work on the field, here comes Tommy in his cart. He gets out, gets his jacket off and wants to throw BP,” Roberts said. “He ended up telling me I needed to hit curveballs, so this guy threw another 45 minutes of BP, and I was exhausted. I couldn’t snap anything.”

Lasorda was a special adviser to Dodgers owner Mark Walter over the last 14 years, and while he wasn’t involved in the day-to-day operations of the team any longer, he was still a constant presence around the team, at spring training, at Dodger Stadium, and even on the road.

Several current and former Dodgers players shared their memories of Lasorda.

Matt Kemp on his Instagram story said of Lasorda, “Too many memories with this guy. We love you and will miss you.”

Josh Rawitch, now a senior vice president in the Diamondbacks communications department, worked with the Dodgers for years.

It’s been a rough week for Vin Scully, who also lost his wife Sandi.

Hall of Fame announcer Jaime Jarrín, who has called Dodgers games for 62 years, offered his thoughts on Lasorda to Bill Plunkett.

A number of reporters shared their Lasorda stories as well.

Many of these are tweet threads, so click through to get the full story. Joel Sherman’s thread starts here, but this tweet had the line that made me laugh the hardest.

Here are some others.