Baseball world reacts to Tommy Lasorda’s death – OCRegister

8January 2021

Tommy Lasorda’s life touched lots of others during a 21-year Hall of Fame career as Dodgers supervisor and an even longer reign as one of baseball’s greatest ambassadors.

He passed away of a cardiovascular disease late Thursday night. The Dodgers revealed that flags at Dodger Arena will fly at half personnel and the arena will be lit up throughout the night to brighten a big No. 2 (Lasorda’s consistent number) which has actually been painted in center field. Flowers have actually been placed at Lasorda’s No. 2 monument in the Retired Numbers Plaza at the Top of the Park. His jersey along with his two Supervisor of the Year Awards will mark his seat in the Dodger dugout.

Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten stated the team will honor Lasorda in “popular” methods throughout the 2021 season.

“I believe the very first thing would be a patch on jerseys,” Kasten stated. “You can depend on us having a reasonable amount of programming early, Opening Day and many days afterwards, honoring Tommy in a way that he should have to be honored as one of the excellent and most memorable Dodgers of all time.”

On Friday, the baseball world reacted to the news of Lasorda’s death:

“He entered into my office all the time on his little scooter and wheeled it in this little three-point turn and he would get up and sit in a chair. He would put his arm around me all the time, tell me just how much he liked me, just how much he liked what I was doing, what we were doing. … (He ‘d state) we were keeping him alive and he’s going to remain to view us win a championship. So, this year he existed in Texas. And that’s one of my proudest minutes that we got to fulfill one of his dreams.

“We can not ever forget the love he had for baseball in basic, the Dodgers in particular. Win or lose, he bled Dodger blue. Simply continue to share that enthusiasm, that love and let his tradition survive on forever.”

— Dave Roberts, Dodgers manager, on MLB Network

“There’s a great deal of special individuals in my life. However if you think about baseball and making a significant impact, Tommy Lasorda made the most influence on my life in baseball. He was my baseball father. He taught me baseball on the field and off the field.

“Him looking after me through my profession is why I hug him and kiss him on the forehead every time you see me around him. … He is my baseball dad.”

— Orel Hershiser, former Dodgers pitcher and present broadcaster

“Tommy Lasorda was among the finest managers our game has actually ever understood. He loved life as a Dodger. … His passion, success, charm and sense of humor turned him into an international celebrity, a stature that he used to grow our sport. Tommy invited Dodger gamers from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and in other places– making baseball a more powerful, more varied and better game. He served Major League Baseball as the Worldwide Ambassador for the very first two editions of the World Baseball Classic and managed Group USA to gold in the 2000 Summertime Olympics in Sydney.

“I am exceptionally lucky to have developed a terrific friendship with Tommy and will miss him. It feels appropriate that in his final months, he saw his cherished Dodgers win the World Series for the very first time since his 1988 group.”

— Rob Manfred, MLB commissioner

“My household, my partners and I were blessed to have spent a great deal of time with Tommy. He was a great ambassador for the group and baseball, a mentor to players and coaches. He constantly had time for a sign and a story for his lots of fans and he was a good friend. He will be dearly missed out on.”

— Mark Walter, Dodgers owner and chairman

“In a franchise that has commemorated such excellent legends of the game, no one who wore the uniform embodied the Dodger spirit as much as Tommy Lasorda. A steadfast representative for baseball, his dedication to the sport and the team he liked was unequaled. He was a champion who at defining moments seemingly willed his groups to success. The Dodgers and their fans will miss him terribly. Tommy is quite simply irreplaceable and extraordinary.”

— Stan Kasten, Dodgers team president and CEO

“There are 2 aspects of Tommy I will constantly keep in mind. The first is his limitless enthusiasm. Tommy would get up in the early morning loaded with beans and preserve that as long as he was with anybody else.

“The other was his decision. He was a fellow with minimal capability and he pressed himself to be an excellent Triple-A pitcher. He never ever quite had that something additional that makes a major-leaguer, however it wasn’t due to the fact that he didn’t attempt. Those are some of the things– his competitive spirit, his decision, and above all, this boundless energy and self-belief. His heart was bigger than his talent and there were no nasty lines for his interest.”

— Vin Scully, Dodgers Hall of Popularity broadcaster

“It was a privilege for me to be near Tommy for 6 years. … To be sincere with you, I do not believe there is an individual more popular in baseball than Tommy Lasorda. I make certain he is the individual who positioned with people for more images than anyone on the planet. … He contributed in the development of Latin American ballplayers. … (Raul) Mondesi, he would pitch to him a couple of hours a day so he might learn to hit the curveball.

“I believe baseball has actually lost its greatest ambassador. … He boggled the mind.”

— Jaime Jarrin, Dodgers Hall of Popularity broadcaster

“Tommy constantly made it feel like you belonged to his family right from the very first day. My kids are totally grown– 38 and 40 years of ages– and they still whenever they saw Tommy he would ask, ‘Who do you enjoy?’ and they needed to address ‘Uncle Tommy.'”

— Rick Honeycutt, former Dodgers pitcher and long-time Dodgers pitching coach, on SportsNet LA

“He thought all that things that he stated, he really did. He truly thought that you were better if you used a Dodger uniform. He was all in. And since he believed it, we did, too.”

— Steve Sax, previous Dodgers 2nd baseman, used the 1981 and 1988 title teams

“He did more advantages as favors to people– whether they were nuns or priests or school instructors or ex-players of his or umpires. He had more after-dinner speeches, more suppers consumed– for free … than any person else who ever lived. This is what he did. He did one of the most of many things. He tossed more pitches of batting practice. … He remained in the existence of Prime Ministers and he was honored. He remained in the existence of Presidents and he was honored. He was backstage with Frank Sinatra on a regular basis. Don Rickles would make certain Tommy was seated before he would start his program in Las Vegas.

“Tommy was so much more than the person you become aware of in the uniform bleeding Dodger blue. He implied a lot to numerous individuals, did so many things that altered the night.”

— Bobby Valentine, former MLB supervisor, who bet Lasorda in the minors and with the Dodgers

“I think the two typical things I constantly heard from Tommy was he was absolutely specific that he would live to 100 and he wanted to see the Dodgers win another World Series. … He fought like hell to get to 100. He fell a bit except 100 however he did get to see us win another championship. That’s something that I’m extremely happy with, that I was part of the team that had the ability to bring a championship back and let Tommy belong of that and see us hold up the trophy.”

— Justin Turner, Dodgers 3rd baseman, on SportsNet LA

“Everybody have lost an incredible individual with the passing of Tommy Lasorda. Tommy had a substantial influence on our family and I was fortunate to have understood him for almost my entire life. He was a best friend of my daddy, Ralph, and godfather to my child, Alex.

“His strength and smarts as a supervisor were known to all however we were truly blessed to see what an amazing male, partner, father and grandfather he was far from the ballpark as well. So while my household grieves the loss of a dear buddy, baseball has lost a legend.”

— Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers GM, whose daddy was a long-time Dodgers scout and son has been a major-leaguer for the past 12 years

“My partner, Sue, and I are deeply saddened by the death of our terrific buddy, Tommy Lasorda. Besides being a great manager and Hall of Famer, Tommy was a devoted advocate of the game of baseball. He and I were both proud and often spoke about his function as manager of the gold medal-winning United States group at the 2000 Olympics. Tommy was one of the sport’s primary spokespersons every day throughout his adult life. All of baseball will miss him.”

— Bud Selig, former MLB commissioner

“It is not his love of life, his love of a great pasta dinner, his love of pals, his love of baseball. It is the assistance and support he provided our young players. And that was consistent throughout his life. … He was devoted to players. He was devoted to the organization. He was devoted to the city. He was dedicated to the fans. His dedication– he was all in, and whatever he did, he did nothing at all 90%.”

— Peter O’Malley, previous Dodgers owner

“You need to understand who to pat on the back, when to pat him on the back, when you have to kick them in the butt and when you need to stroke them a little bit. And Tommy had that present, to know what gamers required what. The timing was always on the cash with Tommy.”

— Mike Scioscia, former Dodgers catcher and Angels manager

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