Happy Birthday Fernando Valenzuela!!!
Today is Fernando Valenzuela’s 54th Birthday!!!
So here is a ‘Happy Birthday’ cheer for a man who captivated the sport of baseball and the city of Los Angeles when he debuted as a major league player in 1981. I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for Fernando and the ‘Fernando-Mania’ that followed as he became a baseball star, there would be fewer Latin players in the sport today. Of all of the Latin players that have been in the league since 1980, Valenzuela’s impact on the sport and in the Latin sports culture should be recognized as the greatest.
Fernando pitched in the big leagues for 17 seasons. He has a career record of 173-153, with a career-high 21 wins coming in 1986. He has a lifetime ERA of 3.54 and he struck out 2,074 batters in 2,930 innings of work.
Valenzuela is a 6-time All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, a Silver Slugger winner, a Cy Young Award winner, and a Rookie Of The Year Award winner. He is also a member of the 1981 World Series Champion LA Dodgers.
Happy Birthday Fernando!!! You are a true inspiration!!!