June 7th, 2012 by faye
Hall of Fame manager and baseball legend Tommy Lasorda suffered a mild heart attack on Monday night during baseball’s draft and is currently recovering at a New York hospital.
Reports said that 84-year-old Lasondra was in New York representing the Los Angeles Dodgers at the MBL draft before his mild heart attack. Former Yankees and Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who is also the executive vice president for baseball operations of Major League Baseball, told USA Today Sports that Tommy Lasorda said he expects to be released on Wednesday from the hospital.
“I talked to him this morning,” Torre said. “He’s feeling a lot better.”
During the draft on Monday night, Lasorda felt ill and thought it might be a case of food poisoning. Pat Gillick, executive of the Philadelphia Phillies talked with Tommy Lasorda and decided it would be best if he gets examined at a hospital, after which it was determined that he had suffered a mild heart attack.
The 21-year managerial career of Tommy Lasorda ended right after he suffered from a heart attack in 1996, though he served as interim general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 1998 season. Lasorda led the Dodgers to World Series championships in 1981 and 1988. His official, and current title is special advisor to the chairman. However, the role of Lasorda is way deeper in the game, even promoting baseball and the Dodgers at will — be it accompanying the team on their trip to China, or his recent stint as a commencement speaker for the graduation of Marymount College, Tommy Lasorda continues to have an active pace even at his age.
The baseball legend appeared to be fine Sunday before his mild heart attack on Monday. He dined at an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn with fellow legend Lou Piniella and signed autographs during a media gathering. Tommy Lasorda even sang with an accordion player.