Although the Los Angeles Dodgers season came to an end on Tuesday, they will continue to make headlines in the coming month during award season.
Clayton Kershaw is expected to win his third Cy Young award, as well as be in the running for the National League MVP race. Others may be finalists for Gold Gloves, MVP and other awards. The first award taken home by someone affiliated with the Dodgers is not a current player.
Former Dodger player and manager Tommy Lasorda was one of three recipients of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. The award is given to those that display the values, integrity and dedication to serving the United States. Lasorda received the award along with Nick Swisher of the Cleveland Indians and Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson of the U.S. Navy. Created in 2013, the award is given to one member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, one current player and one U.S. Navy Petty officer.
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Lasorda had some words following the announcement:
I’m so proud to be one of the honorees to have the award coming to me, especially for a guy I idolized,” Lasorda said in a video interview with MLB.com. “I used to look up to him with so much respect.”
Lasorda served in the U.S. Army back from 1945-1947 and has continually visited and spoken to current military members. This year, he was part of ceremonies that swore in over 1,500 new U.S. troops.
The 87-year-old broke down what the name of the award means to him:
It’s got a lot of power, the word valor,” Lasorda said. “It means a lot. For me to be associated with that word makes me feel really, really good.”
Lasorda has long been one of the faces of the Dodger organization and it is only fitting that he is rewarded.