Tommy Lasorda Health Improving After 2nd Heart Attack

Former long time Dodgers skipper Tommy Lasorda was released from a New York hospital on Thursday morning after he suffered his second heart attack on Monday.

The now 84-year-old Lasorda, was forced to retire as the Los Angeles Dodgers manager in 1996 after suffering his first heart attack. He had managed the team for 3,041 games since 1976, winning 2 World Series Trophies.

He had been in New York for the MLB draft when he suffered what was called a mild attack, and had a stent inserted to help open up a blocked artery.

A Dodgers spokesman said Thursday in Philadelphia that no further update was available, adding only that the 84-year-old Lasorda will spend a few more days in New York before returning to Los Angeles.

After retiring in 1996, Lasorda came out of retirement in 2000 to manage the U.S. Olympic baseball team to a Gold medal over the heavily favored Cuban team. Since then he has held a position in the front office of the Dodgers organization.

While recovering in the hospital, Lasorda released a statement through the team jokingly saying, “The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue.” Adding, “I’m looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers.”




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