Wednesday, February 20, 2008

It's Hip to be Old! First McCain, and now... Lasorda?

Tommy Lasorda set to manage Dodgers again
- in spring training

From the Canadian Press

A dozen years after he retired, Tommy Lasorda is coming back to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In spring training, that is. The 80-year-old Hall of Famer will guide a split squad of Dodgers for eight games in March while Joe Torre takes the other half to China for a two-game exhibition series.

"I can't think of a more fitting tribute to a man who embodies the Dodger organization than to have him lead the team during our final week of games here in Vero Beach," Torre said.

Lasorda will manage the Dodgers from March 11-18 and work the team's final home game at Dodgertown. The team will move its spring training headquarters next year to Glendale, Ariz.

This is Lasorda's 59th season with the Dodgers organization, including time as a player, scout, minor league manager and major league coach. As the Dodgers manager, his teams were 1,599-1,493 and won two World Series, four NL pennants and eight division titles.
Not 'dem bums' any more... this is a classy thing to do, for a classy baseball man.
And on March 14, I will definitely be pulling for the Dodgers to beat the Cardinals in Vero Beach.

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