Los Angeles Dodgers to retire Fernando 'El Toro' Valenzuela's number 34 jersey
Valenzuela also pitched for the San Diego Padres, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and Baltimore Orioles.
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With a career win-loss record of 173 wins and 153 losses, a 3.54 ERA, Mexican legend Fernando 'El Toro' Valenzuela recently had his number 34 jersey retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“There will never be another 34. Congratulations Fernando Valenzuela on having your No. 34 retired!” The Dodgers wrote in a statement published on Twitter.
There will never be another 34.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 4, 2023
Congratulations Fernando Valenzuela on having your No. 34 retired! pic.twitter.com/OxOAd9A8vh
The news of the long-awaited retirement of Valenzuela's number by the organization was revealed in a video in which the six-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year and Cy Young winner, showed major excitement.
“I thank the Dodgers. As you know, I played for the team and now I continue to work on television for the organization,” said Valenzuela.
According to Dodgers' website, the commemorative events to celebrate Valenzuela's legacy and the retirement of his number will take place between Aug. 11 and 13, when the team welcomes the Colorado Rockies to Dodger Stadium.
The festivities will kick off with a special ceremony on Friday, with a collectible bobblehead being presented on Saturday and a replica of Valenzuela's 1981 World Series championship ring the next day.
‘El Toro,’ as the native of Navojoa is nicknamed, took advantage of the announcement to give special recognition to the fans of his country: “I am glad that now this year is going to happen. It will be something exciting for me. All the people in Mexico will feel proud and happy when they receive this news. This is for The Dodgers and for all of Mexico."
A historic recognition
With the retirement of his number, the Mexican joins an outstanding group of legends at the Dodgers, among which stand out:
- Pee Wee Reese (#1)
- Tommy Lasorda (#2)
- Sandy Koufax (#32)
- Roy Campanella (#39)
- Jackie Robinson (#42)
“To be part of a group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” said Valenzuela.