Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a heart attack in New York on Monday and was resting comfortably in an area hospital, a Dodgers source confirmed.
Lasorda, 84, retired as the Dodgers’ manager after having a heart attack in 1996.
Lasorda was in New York to lead the Dodgers’ delegation in the annual Major League Baseball draft. He is reportedly expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.
[Updated at 2:24 p.m.: The Dodgers have confirmed Lasorda suffered a mild heart attack. The club said he had a stent inserted to clear a clogged artery and was in stable condition and resting comfortably at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
The club said Lasorda joked: “The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger blue.”
Baseball’s most famous goodwill ambassador had a hectic schedule leading up to his medical episode. He was at the Indianapolis 500 on May 26 and on Monday helped ex-manager Joe Torre ring Nasdaq’s opening bell.]
News of Lasorda’s heart attack on Monday was first reported by TMZ.
Lasorda is in his 63rd season in the Dodgers’ organization. He’s currently listed as a special advisor to the chairman.