Tom Lasorda will soon take his place alongside other Los Angeles Dodgers stars in the Smithsonian Institution.
The Hall of Fame manager will have his painting hung in the museum’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The unveiling is set for Sept. 22, Lasorda’s 82nd birthday.
The life-sized portrait, measuring 60 by 50 inches, is part of the tribute to Lasorda’s 60 years with the Dodgers and his life in baseball. He currently serves as special adviser to team owner and chairman Frank McCourt.
“I am proud and honored by this very special recognition,” Lasorda said in a statement released Wednesday.
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The portrait is part of the Smithsonian’s collection of baseball-related art. Lasorda joins former Dodgers stars Don Drysdale, Leo Durocher, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Gil Hodges, Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, Wilbert Robinson and the 1955 team photo in the museum.
Lasorda managed the Dodgers for 20 seasons.
Yankees-Jays brawl fallout
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Toronto pitcher Jesse Carlson each were suspended for three games and fined by Major League Baseball for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl Tuesday.
Yankees utilityman Shelley Duncan also was suspended for three games and appealed, delaying the start of any discipline.
Two Toronto players were hit by pitches Tuesday night, Carlson threw a fastball behind Posada in the eighth inning of the Blue Jays’ 10-4 win. Moments later, Posada bumped Carlson after scoring a run, and the dugouts and bullpens emptied.
Roy Oswalt, already bothered by back and hip pain, has been shut down by the Houston Astros after the 32-year-old right-hander reported a different arm soreness than usual after the his start Tuesday against Cincinnati. … Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia – after having arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow last week. … Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Mark Reynolds, who set the major league record with 204 strikeouts last year, struck out four times against San Diego on Wednesday to reach 200. … Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and isn’t expected back until the middle of spring training.