On the anniversary of Fernando Valenzuela’s first and only career no-hitter, we make the case that the Dodgers should retire “El Toro’s” iconic number 34. Plus, Dodgers fans on social media want the team to override their long-standing policy that a player must be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in order to have their number formally retired by the franchise.
Next, we take a look at Fernando Valenzuela’s career and discuss if he’s worthy of Hall of Fame consideration and if should be considered for the Buck O’Neil award or by the Veteran’s committee.
Where do you stand on Fernandomania being officially immortalized? Lesser players stats wise are in the baseball Hall of Fame. What Fernando meant to Los Angeles, Mexico, and a generation of Hispanic baseball fans is Hall of Fame worthy alone.
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