For many years, the debate among Dodgers fans and Fernando Valenzuela has been the same. A lot of fans around the city of Los Angeles think that his number 34 should be retired, but the team has shown no indication that they would be interested in that.
With one exception, the Dodgers generally retire the numbers of Hall of Fame players. Fernando is obviously not in the Hall of Fame, but he does hold a special spot in the history of the club and their fanbase.
Wednesday night was a celebration of the legendary Dodgers pitcher that included a bobblehead giveaway. According to the LA Times’ Jorge Castillo, Spanish broadcaster Jaime Jarrín made his pitch for Fernando to have his number retired.
Jaime Jarrín, on the Spanish-language radio/TV broadcast, just called for the Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34. He said he hopes to be alive for it.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) September 16, 2021
Fernandomania obviously helped to shape a fanbase for generations when Valenzuela dominated in 1981. He would go on to win the Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year award that year as the Dodgers took home a World Series victory.
Fernando would go on to pitch a total of 11 years in Los Angeles and helped the Dodgers take home 2 World Series championships. What do you think? Should they retire his number 34, or should they continue to do that for Hall of Fame players?
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