Former Dodgers ace Fernando Valenzuela was honored by the Mexican Baseball League by having his iconic number 34 retired on Sunday.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 7, 2019
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.