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Doctor's orders: Lasorda skips Winter Meetings

Dodgers legend, 89, advised not to travel across country
MLB.com @kengurnick

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Legendary Dodgers executive Tom Lasorda, a decades-long fixture at MLB's Winter Meetings, is not attending the current one on doctor's orders.

Lasorda, who turned 89 in September, adhered to medical advice that he not travel cross country from his California home for the Winter Meetings that started Monday and end Thursday. In October, Lasorda was hospitalized for a week with back and shoulder problems.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Legendary Dodgers executive Tom Lasorda, a decades-long fixture at MLB's Winter Meetings, is not attending the current one on doctor's orders.

Lasorda, who turned 89 in September, adhered to medical advice that he not travel cross country from his California home for the Winter Meetings that started Monday and end Thursday. In October, Lasorda was hospitalized for a week with back and shoulder problems.

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Lasorda is in his 67th season as a Dodgers employee, including 20 seasons as manager that put him in the Hall of Fame in 1997 and earned the retirement of his uniform No. 2.

Now a special advisor to chairman Mark Walter, Lasorda won two World Series at the helm in 1981 and '88, but moved to the front office in 1996 after suffering a heart attack.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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