Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away on Thursday at the age of 93.
Lasorda suffered heart failure and resuscitation attempts were made but failed, according to ESPN. He had been in the hospital since November 8 with heart issues.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement saying,
“Tommy Lasorda was one of the finest managers our game has ever known. He loved life as a Dodger. His career began as a pitcher in 1949 but he is, of course, best known as the manager of two World Series champions and four pennant-winning clubs. His passion, success, charisma, and sense of humor turned him into an international celebrity, a stature that he used to grow our sport. Tommy welcomed Dodger players from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea, and elsewhere — making baseball a stronger, more diverse, and better game. He served Major League Baseball as the Global Ambassador for the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic and managed Team USA to gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Tommy loved family, the United States, the National Pastime, and the Dodgers, and he made them all proud during a memorable baseball life.“
Lasorda was 1,599-1,439 with two World Series titles, four National League pennants, and eight division titles as Dodgers manager. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he led the US to Gold in baseball. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.
For the last 14 years, Lasorda served as special adviser to Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter. Rest In Peace Tommy you will be missed.