Legendary Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela will be inducted into the “Legends of Dodger Baseball” on Saturday at Chavez Ravine with World Series champion manager and player Mike Scioscia expected to be in attendance.
Mike Scioscia returns to Dodger Stadium on Saturday, as a participant in the ceremony inducting Fernando Valenzuela into the Legends of Dodger Baseball. Jaime Jarrin and Mike Brito, the scout that discovered Fernando, also will take part.
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In addition to Scioscia, legendary broadcaster Jaime Jarrin and Mike Brito, the scout that discovered Fernando Valeznuela, will be in attendance. This will be the first time that Scioscia has been to Dodger Stadium since leaving the Anaheim Angels at the end of last season. He managed the Angels from 2000-2018, leading them to a World Series championship in 2002 over the Giants.
Although many fans will claim that Fernando deserves his jersey retired, this is a wonderful honor to celebrate his accomplishments in a Dodger uniform — even if he deserves more.
Valenzuela pitched for the Dodgers from 1980 to 1990, leading the legendary Fernandomania of the early 1980s. He threw a whopping 2,348 2/3 innings in his Dodgers career and put up a 3.31 ERA. He was named an All-Star each season from 1981 to 1986, years in which he combined for a 2.91 ERA, and picked up a Rookie of the Year Award and Cy Young Award in 1981.