Dear Dodgers: Please retire number 34 immediately.
Now that we got that out of the way, we can be very excited about this news. Dodgers fans who also happen to love video games are going to love this. In the latest version of MLB The Show, legends of baseball history are being put into the game.
The Dodgers will be well represented with Fernando Valenzuela in the game. The announcement was made earlier that Fernando would be part of the game, and that leg kick is spot on. We’ll have to withhold judgement until we can see him in action, but they nailed the look for the legend.
— ESPN Los Angeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) March 31, 2021
Fernando made his debut with the Dodgers at the end of the 1980 season. The following year was when Fernandomania swept across Southern California as fans flocked to Chavez Ravine to see their favorite rookie pitch.
Valenzuela would go on to win the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year award in the 1981 season. Fernando would also pitch a complete game in the World Series with the Dodgers taking home the title.
These days, Fernando spends his time in the Dodgers Spanish broadcast booth calling games. He is still loved all across the city of Los Angeles, and fans are going to love this addition to the game.
Again, please retire number 34!