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Encyclopedia > Fernando Valenzuela

Fernando Valenzuela Anguamea (b. November 1, 1960) was a star left-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team during the 1980s, and one of the few players from Mexico to achieve baseball superstardom in recent years. November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... People who are left-handed are more dextrous with their left hand than with their right hand: they will probably also use their left hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Dodger Stadium (1962-present) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 â€¢ 1941... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive, informally sometimes including the years 1979, 1990 and 1991. ...


Valenzuela was born in Navojoa, Mexico sometime between 1955 and 1960. His birthdate is officially listed as November 1, 1960, but most baseball scouts and media believe he was born up to five years earlier. Navojoa is the third largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and is situated 360 miles south of the states border with the U.S. state of Arizona. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


In any case, he entered organized baseball in 1978 with the Guanajuato team of the Mexican Central League. During the following season, in which Valenzuela pitched for Yucatan in the Mexican League, he drew serious attention from major league scouts and was acquired by the Dodgers on July 6, 1979. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 19 - Eddie Mathews is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America on 301 of 379 ballots. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... The following are the events of the year 1979 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


Valenzuela spent a few weeks in the Dodgers' minor-league system that year and then rang up a solid season at Double-A San Antonio in 1980. He was called up in September and pitched brilliantly down the stretch run, tossing 17 2/3 innings of shutout baseball out of the bullpen with two wins and a save. His work helped the Dodgers tie the Houston Astros for the 1980 National League West Division title, although they lost it in a one-game playoff. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (1) 2005 Central Division titles (4) 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 West Division titles (2) [1][2] 1986 â€¢ 1980 Wild card berths (2) 2005 â€¢ 2004 [1... In Major League Baseball, the National League Western Division, or NL West, is one of three subdivisions of the National League. ...


His efforts made him the odds-on favorite to be the league's top rookie in 1981, and he didn't disappoint, starting the season 8-0 with four shutouts and an ERA under 1.00. He became an instant media icon, drawing a huge crowd from the Los Angeles Hispanic community every time he was scheduled to pitch, and triggered a mad race to acquire his rookie baseball cards. After a strike wiped out a third of the season, he cooled down a bit, but still finished 13-7 with a 2.48 ERA and led the league with 180 strikeouts. He ended the season as the only pitcher to win Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award honors in the same year. He pitched a complete game in Game 3 of the 1981 World Series against the New York Yankees The following are the baseball events of the year 1981 throughout the world. ... The Hispanic world Hispanic (Spanish: Hispano) is a term denoting a derivation from Spain, her people and culture. ... Topps Baseball cards from the 50s, 60s and 70s A baseball card is a small card printed on heavy paper stock, featuring one or more baseball players. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... 1981 World Series Logo The 1981 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking their third meeting in the Series in five years. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Yankee Stadium (1923-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927...


Valenzuela had three trademarks which followed him in his great seasons. One was his physique — like some other pitchers of his time such as Sid Fernandez and Rick Reuschel, he was slightly overweight. His round, bespeccled face was instantly recognizable. He was also known for a devastating screwball, which right-handed hitters flailed away at ineffectually. And last but not least, in an era of poor hitting pitchers, he had seasons where he hit better than some Dodgers regulars. Charles Sidney Fernandez (born October 12, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii) was a Major League Baseball player from 1983-1997. ... Rick Reuschel (pronounced RUSH-el) (born May 16, 1949 in Quincy, Illinois) was a major league baseball pitcher from the early 1970s into the late 1980s. ... A screwball is a baseball pitch that is thrown so as to break in the opposite direction of a curveball. ...


Following the outstanding debut, Valenzuela settled down into a number of years as a workhorse starter and one of the league's best pitchers. He had his best season in 1986, when he finished 21-11 with a 3.14 ERA and led the league in wins, complete games and innings pitched. He lost a narrow vote for the Cy Young Award to the Astros' Mike Scott. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and - most notably - the Houston Astros. ...


At the 1986 All-Star Game, Valenzuela made history by striking out five consecutive American League batters, tying a record set by fellow left-handed screwballer Carl Hubbell in the 1934 contest. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager for pitchers and reserve players. ... Carl Owen Hubbell (June 22, 1903 - November 21, 1988) was a left-handed screwball pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the New York Giants in the National League from 1928 to 1943. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1934 throughout the world. ...


In 1987, he began to slump, dropping off to 14-14 with a 3.98 ERA. By 1988, when he won just five games and missed much of the season (ironically, in a year in which the Dodgers won the World Series), it was obvious he had a dead arm. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The 1988 World Series matched the Oakland Athletics against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers upsetting the heavily favored As to win the Series in five games. ...


No longer blessed with his great screwball, he came back in 1989 and went 10-13, improving to 13-13 a year later. He had one last great moment on June 29, 1990, when he threw a 6-0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals just hours after the Oakland Athletics' Dave Stewart had thrown one against the Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, Valenzuela watched Stewart's no-hit game on television and told his teammates he was going to throw one too. 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Jim Palmer, a three-time American League Cy Young Award winner, and Joe Morgan, a two-time National League MVP, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first years of eligibility. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... Major league affiliations National League (1892-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Busch Stadium (III) (2006-present) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1982 â€¢1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1931 1926 NL Pennants (16) 2004 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1985 â€¢ 1982 1968 â€¢ 1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1943 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968-present) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1989 â€¢ 1974 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1972 1930 â€¢ 1929 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1911 1910 AL Pennants (15) 1990 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1988 â€¢ 1974 1973 â€¢ 1972 â€¢ 1931 â€¢ 1930 1929 â€¢ 1914 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1911 1910... David Keith Stewart (born February 19, 1957 in Oakland, California) was a dominant right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) East Division (1977-present) Current uniform Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 AL Pennants (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 East Division titles (5) 1985 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1991 â€¢ 1992 1993 Wild card berths (0) None The Toronto Blue Jays...


After pitching ineffectively in spring training in 1991, he was released by the Dodgers. An abortive attempt at a comeback with the California Angels failed later that summer. He returned to the Mexican League, where he pitched and played some first base when he wasn't on the mound, before making another brief comeback in 1993 with the Baltimore Orioles. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (1966-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2002 AL Pennants (1) 2002 West Division titles (5) 2005 â€¢ 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1982 1979 Wild card berths (1) 2002 The Los Angeles Angels... // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Oriole Park at Camden Yards (1992-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1983, 1970, 1966 AL Pennants (7) 1983, 1979, 1971, 1970 1969, 1966, 1944 East Division titles (8) 1997, 1983, 1979, 1974 1973...


Jumping between the big leagues and Mexico for the next few seasons, he put together one more solid big-league season in 1996 for the San Diego Padres, going 13-8 with a 3.62 ERA. He retired a year later with a final record of 173-153 and a 3.54 ERA. This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-June January 8 - For only the 7th time in major league history, the Baseball Writers Association of America fails to select a player for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark PETCO Park (2004-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (2) 1998 â€¢ 1984 West Division titles (4) 2005 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 â€¢ 1984 Wild card berths (0) None The San Diego Padres are a...


During the early parts of his 10 years with the Dodgers, Valenzuela caused a large frenzy among his fans, and that affection that the fans felt for Valenzuela became popularly known as Fernandomania.


In 2003, he returned to the Dodger organization as the Spanish-language radio color commentator for National League West games, joining Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez in the Spanish-language booth. The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Jaime Jarrin is the spanish language voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...


On June 29, 2004, Valenzuela announced he would return to the mound in the Liga Mexicana del Pacífico (the Mexican Pacific Coast League) in October at which time he was nearly 44 years old. He pitched again that Mexican winter league, during the 2005-06 season. June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The Mexican Pacific league (Spanish: Liga Mexicana del Pacífico) is a developmental Baseball league playing in the winter months in northwestern Mexico. ...


In 2005, he was named one of three starting pitchers on Major League Baseball's Latino Legends Team. The Latino Legends Team was an all-time all-star baseball team selected in 2005 to honor the history of Latin American players in Major League Baseball. ...


Family

His son, Fernando Jr., played in the San Diego Padres organization as a first baseman. In 2006, Fernando Jr. moved to the Kannapolis Intimidators in Kannapolis, NC, as a first baseman. The Intimidators are a Class A League team within the Chicago White Sox organization, and won the 2005 Championship in the dSouth Atlantic League. Major league affiliations National League (1969-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark PETCO Park (2004-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (2) 1998 â€¢ 1984 West Division titles (4) 2005 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 â€¢ 1984 Wild card berths (0) None The San Diego Padres are a... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... The Kannapolis Intimidators is a minor league baseball team in Kannapolis, North Carolina. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark U.S. Cellular Field (1991-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 2005 â€¢ 1917 â€¢ 1906 AL Pennants (6) 2005 â€¢ 1959 â€¢ 1919 â€¢ 1917 1906 â€¢ 1901 Central Division titles (2) [1] 2005 â€¢ 2000 West Division titles (2... The South Atlantic League is a minor league baseball league which operates mostly in the southeastern United States, although it now has teams in New Jersey and Ohio. ...


External links

  • Fernando Valenzuela at:
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    • Fernando Valenzuela - Los Angeles Dodgers Online
Preceded by:
Steve Howe
National League Rookie of the Year
1981
Succeeded by:
Steve Sax
Preceded by:
Steve Carlton
National League Cy Young Award
1981
Succeeded by:
Steve Carlton
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  Results from FactBites:
 
Fernando Valenzuela - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1042 words)
Valenzuela was born in Navojoa, Mexico sometime between 1955 and 1960.
During the following season, in which Valenzuela pitched for Yucatan in the Mexican League, he drew serious attention from major league scouts and was acquired by the Dodgers on July 6, 1979.
Valenzuela's last opportunity for Hall of Fame consideration remains with the Veterans Committee, where his name will appear on their ballot no earlier than 2018, twenty years from the date of his retirement.
Fernando de Valenzuela - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (502 words)
Fernando de Valenzuela (January 8, 1630, Naples – February 7, 1692) was a Spanish royal favourite and minister.
His father, Don Francisco de Valenzuela, a gentleman of Ronda, had been compelled to flee from Spain in consequence of a brawl, and had enlisted as a soldier in Naples, where he married Dona Leonora de Encisa.
In 1675 a court intrigue, conducted by his rivals and supported by the younger Don John of Austria, was so far successful that he was driven from court; but the queen gave him the title of Marquis of Villa Sierra, and appointed him ambassador to Venice.
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