Forget all that talk about Tom Lasorda's leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's planning to stick around for a while.
Lasorda, 64, got a one-year contract extension yesterday that will take him through 1993. He'll begin his 16th season as the Dodgers manager on April 6.
Lasorda was the subject of much speculation earlier this spring. His contract was set to expire at the end of the season and questions had been raised about his future.
But Dodgers president Peter O'Malley said there was no question that Lasorda would be back.
"I was never worried about any sort of distraction. Our players knew Tommy's future here is bright," O'Malley said.
"I didn't even think about it," Lasorda said. "I knew one thing, that I had a contract through the 1992 season and that's where my focus was. The only thing I thought about was helping my team win.
"I knew one day soon, Peter would come to me and tell me whether he wanted me back or if he'd had enough."