Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda’s condition improves

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) – Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda’s condition has improved while remaining hospitalized in Southern California.

Los Angeles Dodgers spokesman Steve Brener said Tuesday that the 93-year-old ex-manager of the team has taken online calls from former players and coaches at a hospital in Orange County. Lasorda lives in Fullerton. The team first announced that he had been hospitalized on November 15.

Lasorda attended the team’s Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Texas on October 27, winning the Dodgers’ first World Series title since 1988.

Lasorda had a record of 1,599-1,439 when he led the Dodgers from 1976-96, leading them to the World Series championships in 1981 and ’88. The franchise has won four National League pennants and eight division titles under Lasorda. He suffered a heart attack in June 1996 and retired from leading the Dodgers the following month.

In 2000, Lasorda led the US Olympic baseball team to a gold medal at the Sydney Games.

In 2012 Lasorda was hospitalized in New York after a heart attack.