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Farewell Tommy Lasorda

Our condolences to the Tommy Lasorda family.

 COMMISSIONER’S STATEMENT

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers, at the age of 93:

“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.

“I am extremely fortunate to have developed a wonderful friendship with Tommy and will miss him.  It feels appropriate that in his final months, he saw his beloved Dodgers win the World Series for the first time since his 1988 team.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest sympathy to his wife of 70 years, Jo, and their entire family, the Dodger organization and their generations of loyal fans.”

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