Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

Fernando Valenzuela (63), called the ‘legend’ of the Los Angeles Dodgers, faced a meaningful event. During his active career, the number 34 he wore became the permanent number of the Dodgers.

On the 4th (local time), the Dodgers announced that Valenzuela’s number 34, which had been accepted as an unofficial number, would be officially withdrawn permanently. With this, the number of people who have been honored with a permanent retirement from the Dodgers has increased to a total of 12 players.

Born in Mexico, Valenzuela announced a splendid start by winning the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year at the same time in his first year of debut. In particular, during his 8 consecutive wins before his debut, he pitched 9 innings in all games, and 5 of them were shutouts. As a result, the ‘Hall of Fame’ was considered a worthy award, but it gradually declined from 1988 onwards. Accordingly, from 1991 to 1997, he toured not with the Dodgers, but with the Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia / San Diego / St. Louis 토토사이트.

His career record was 173 wins, 153 losses, an earned run average of 3.54, and 2,074 strikeouts. He was eliminated from the Hall of Fame ballot, but no other Mexican pitcher has more wins than him. He’s also good at batting, and he’s even won the Silver Slugger twice. He had 10 career home runs -84 RBI.

Despite his major league debut, he did not speak English well, so catcher Mike Scioscia (former LA Angels manager) even learned Spanish himself to communicate with him.

After retiring, he distanced himself from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a while, but returned to his former team in 2003 when he accepted the Dodgers’ offer to become a Spanish-only radio commentator. He also served as pitching coach for the Mexico National Team in the 2006, 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Meanwhile, those who have been permanently suspended from the Dodgers include the late manager Tommy Lasorda (2), Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Leeds (1), also Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snicer (4), and pitcher Gil Hodges (14). Byrne), Jim Gilliam (No. 19), who dedicated himself to the Dodgers for 26 years, Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton (No. 20), Walter Elston (No. 24), who led the Dodgers to four World Series championships over 23 years, Legendary left-hander Sandy Koufax (No. 32), catcher Roy Campanella (No. 39), former club permanent member Jackie Robinson (No. 42), ace Don Drysdale (No. 53), and No. 34 Fernando Valenzuela. .

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