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Dodgers News: Fernando Valenzuela’s Number 34 Retired in Mexico

One step closer to having his number retired by the Dodgers.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 25: PHILADELPHIA, PA: Fernando Valenzuela of the Los angeles Dodgers circa 1983 pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Owen C. Shaw/Getty Images)

Former Dodgers ace Fernando Valenzuela was honored by the Mexican Baseball League by having his iconic number 34 retired on Sunday.

This was reportedly the reason Valenzuela missed calling the series between the Dodgers and the division-rival San Diego Padres.

This is a step in the right direction as far as recognition of Fernando’s legacy, but he should undoubtedly have his number retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not many have had the impact on Major League Baseball, Mexico, or the city of Los Angeles that Valenzuela has had. Number 34 should be up in the outfield corner with the rest of the greats.

Valenzuela pitched for the Dodgers from 1980 to 1990, posting a 3.31 ERA in 2,348 2/3 innings of work. He won both the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year in 1981 as Fernando Mania was in full effect.

He also pitched an additional 6 seasons in the majors, including the California Angels and San Diego Padres.

Fernando serves as a member of the Dodgers Spanish Language broadcast team, along with Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín and Pepe Yñiguez.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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