Tommy Lasorda, the long-time Los Angeles Dodgers manager and executive who “bleeds Dodger blue” is back home and resting comfortably after battling a health issue, ESPN reported.
Lasorda was hospitalized because he needed his pacemaker replaced, ESPN said.
Lasorda, a Dodger through and through, once said: “I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I’m going to the big Dodger in the sky.”
Lasorda, 89, has had his share of health issues over the years. He missed some of the Dodgers’ playoffs games last year as he recovered from back and shoulder issues. He was hospitalized in August of last year after he needed 12 stitches to close a wound following a fall. He also suffered a heart attack in 2012.
Lasorda has been in baseball 62 years as a player, coach and manager. He started his decades-long stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1973, as third base coach, and became manager in 1976, staying in that role for 21 years. His 1,599 wins ranks 20th all time among managers, and he won World Series in 1981 and 1988 . Upon his retirement from the field, in 1996, Lasorda moved into the front office, where he’s still a special adviser.