Los Angeles Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela is being honored by the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. The No. 34 will be retired across the entire league.
The league is also deeming July 6 as ‘Fernando Valenzuela Day’ as every team will honor the former Cy Young winner in-stadium and on social media. The hashtag #Ley34nda will be used.
Valenzuela was born in Sonora and began his career in the LMB. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 1979 with Yucatan and was later signed by the Dodgers. He made his MLB debut in 1980 and was the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year in 1981. Known as “El Toro”, the left-hander played 17 seasons in the big leagues. Valenzuela came back to play in the LMB in 1992 and 1994.
The 58-year-old has served as pitching coach for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic and is currently an owner of the Tigres de Quintana Roo.
While the Dodgers have yet to formally retire the No. 34, it has not been used since Valenzuela left the team in 1990.