While announcing a new manager is always exciting, when the Dodgers are involved, they find a way to invariably ratchet up the excitement “to 11,” as our friends in Spinal Tap would say. Case in point, we just received word that none other than Tommy Lasorda himself will be in Albuquerque on Wednesday to help us formally announce Tim Wallach as our new manager.
Unfortunately, the event is not open to the public, but it illustrates the commitment the Dodgers are bringing to this renewed relationship with Albuquerque, a commitment that we’re confident Isotopes fans will see in myriad ways throughout the season.
When you think about it, Lasorda’s presence makes perfect symmetrical sense. Who better to bring in this new Triple-A partnership between Los Angeles and the Isotopes than the man who managed the first Triple-A team in Albuquerque in 1972? That season, Lasorda led the Dukes to a 92-56 record and the first of eight Pacific Coast League crowns. Plus, Wallach himself played for Lasorda and the Dodgers from 1993-96.
It all portends to a very special and exciting season.