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Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda hospitalized in NY after 'mild' heart attack

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Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers sits in the dugout prior to the start of the spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Camelback Ranch on March 15, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.

Dodger great Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized in New York after suffering a heart attack.

The Hall of Fame manager and longtime face of the Dodgers suffered a mild heart attack yesterday while in New York for the Major League Baseball 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the team said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. The story was initially reported by TMZ before being confirmed by the Dodgers.

Lasorda, 84, is resting in stable condition, the Dodgers said. Doctors corrected a blocked artery by inserting a stent in his heart.  

“The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue,” Lasorda, who is in his 63rd season with the team, said according to the statement. “I’m looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers.”

Lasorda managed the Dodgers for 21 years until he suffered his first heart attack in 1996 and was forced to retire. He is currently the special advisor to the chairman.

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