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Shattered bat strikes Lasorda, but former Dodger skipper OK

July 11, 2001

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— Someone DID get hit with the shattered barrel of a bat during the All-Star game.

Tommy Lasorda, usually in the center of things, got thwacked on the left hip by Vladimir Guerrero's bat barrel, tumbling back as fans gasped and then laughed when they realized he was OK.

"I've coached third base many, many years and never been hit," Lasorda said after the National League's 4-1 loss Tuesday night. "I never saw the bat coming at me. If I has seen that bat coming at me, I would have had all the time in the world to get away from it. I saw the ball go down the right-field line. I was following the ball."

Lasorda, the NL's honorary manager, was in the third-base coach's box in the sixth inning when Guerrero's bat splintered apart on Mike Stanton's pitch. Lasorda tumbled backward, heels over head, then quickly got up.

"I'm not quite as agile as I used to be," he said. "I'll be 74 in a couple months."

When it was clear the Hall of Fame manager was unhurt, Barry Bonds ran out of the NL dugout and tried to put a chest protector on him.

"I just thank God he's not hurt," said Mets catcher Mike Piazza. "I'm just happy we can laugh. For about five seconds, I was really scared."

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