Lasorda is well known in baseball circles as being friendly to Latin players and a huge fan of Latin baseball. He was a founding member of the Latin Baseball Hall of Fame, so it is natural that they gave him a statue. Lasorda's most significant contribution to Latin baseball is probably the 1973 Caribbean Series, in which he led Tigres del Licey to the title. The team set a mark for the best record ever in the series at 5-1.
He now serves as the Latino Hall of Fame's Goodwill Abasodor and is a Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Dodgers. He has been with the Dodgers for six decades.
|Tommy Lasorda in 2010 Spring Training appearance with the Dodgers, by SD Dirk on Flickr|