LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tom Lasorda, rumored last week to be interested in managing the Baltimore Orioles, said Tuesday he absolutely will not return to a major league dugout.
Lasorda was elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee last March, but only after stressing he had managed his final game. After reports that Lasorda was interested in the Orioles, committee member Yogi Berra questioned whether Lasorda should remain in the Hall.
``Let me tell you something _ if Yogi would have talked to me, he would have known I wasn’t interested in any job,″ Lasorda said by telephone from his home in Fullerton, Calif. ``I don’t want to manage anymore.
``I’ve got a good job with the Dodgers, my uniform number has been retired, I’ve reached the Hall of Fame, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m very, very happy, I feel great. I’m doing a lot of different things for the Dodgers and enjoying every minute of it.″
Lasorda, 70, retired as the Los Angeles manager during the 1996 season after a mild heart attack and became a Dodgers vice president.
After Davey Johnson resigned as manager of the Orioles last Wednesday, Lasorda said a reporter asked if he was interested in the Orioles job, and he said no.
When the reporter asked if he would speak with someone from the Orioles if he was contacted, Lasorda replied, ``I talk to everyone that calls me.″
Lasorda said he spoke to Berra about the matter and cleared things up.