UPDATED: Tommy Lasorda Hospitalized In NY After Heart Attack
UPDATED: The Los Angeles Dodgers issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a mild heart attack Monday while in New York for the Major League Baseball 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Lasorda, 84, was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center for treatment.
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.”
Initial story below from MSNBC
Former LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was hospitalized Tuesday in New York after suffering a heart attack, the team confirmed to MLB.com.
Lasorda was in New York to attend the Major League Baseball draft. He became ill Monday night and was transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, according to MLB.com.
He was "resting comfortably" and might be released as early Wednesday.
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Lasorda, 84, took over as manager in 1976 and led the Dodgers to the World Series in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1988, winning the title in 1981 and 1988. One of LA's most beloved sports figures, he retired as manager in 1996 and currently serves in an executive role with the team.
He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. His No. 2 uniform number was retired by the organization that same year.
In 2000, Lasorda was back in the dugout for the first time since his retirement to manage the United States Olympic team in Sydney. The team, considered an underdog, won gold just five days after Lasorda's 73rd birthday.
He returned to the Dodgers dugout during the team's final home game last season as the honorary manager on his 84th birthday.