Tommy Lasorda
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"As player"

* History of the Brooklyn Dodgers/Brooklyn Dodgers (–)

* Oakland Athletics/Kansas City Athletics ()

"As manager"

* Los Angeles Dodgers (–)


* 2× World Series champion (, )

* 2× NL Manager of the Year (1983, 1988)

* Los Angeles Dodgers#Retired numbers/Los Angeles Dodgers #2 retired


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"Thomas Charles "Tommy" Lasorda" (born September 22, 1927) is a former Major League Baseball/Major League baseball player who has had a lengthy career in sports management. In 2009, he marked his sixth decade in one capacity or another with the Los Angeles Dodgers/Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the longest non-continuous (he played one season with the Kansas City Athletics) tenure anyone has had with the team, edging Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully by a single season. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum/National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997.

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Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts.

Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.

I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.

About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.

I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help.

Guys ask me, don't I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl?

Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure.

There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.