Fernandomania in the Hallomania

by Bill Chuck on January 31, 2013

On Sunday, Fernando Valenzuela will be inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Hermosillo, Mexico, at the Universidad Sonora.

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin and Dodgers executive vice president of marketing Lon Rosen are scheduled to attend and represent the Dodgers.

Valenzuela, who made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 1980 as a 19-year-old knuckleballer, spent 17 years in the majors.

Valenzuela, born in Sonora, is being honored for both his major-league career and his time in the Liga Mexicana. Like those at Cooperstown, the Caribbean winter-league inductees are required to be named on 75% of the ballots. Valenzuela earned 175 of a possible 200 points.

Valenzuela is currently a Spanish-language broadcaster with the Dodgers.

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