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Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda’s condition improves

FULLERTON — Dodgers icon and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda’s condition has improved but he remains in intensive care at a local hospital.

According to Dodgers spokesman Steve Brener, Lasorda is enjoying jello and FaceTime calls from former players and coaches and “getting better.” Lasorda was briefly on a ventilator after being admitted to the hospital on Nov. 8 but was taken off it a week ago now as his condition improved.

The 93-year-old Lasorda lives in Fullerton. He traveled to Texas for Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 27 when the Dodgers won their first championship since the Lasorda-led team in 1988 and celebrated with the team after the game.

Lasorda has a history of heart problems which forced him to retire as Dodgers manager in 1996 and prompted the Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee to select him for induction in 1997. He was hospitalized in New York after suffering a mild heart attack while attending the 2012 MLB draft and again on multiple occasions in 2017. Lasorda had a pacemaker replaced during surgery that year.

Lasorda has been in the Dodgers’ organization for more than 70 years as a player, coach, scout, manager and special advisor. During 21 seasons as the Dodgers manager, he had a 1,599-1,439 record and led the Dodgers to eight division titles, four National League pennants and World Series victories in 1981 and 1988. His 1,599 regular-season victories rank 22nd all-time.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Source: Orange County Register

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