Valenzuela set for Caribbean Hall of Fame induction
HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- Fernando Valenzuela's no-brainer induction to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame will take place Sunday, at 10 a.m. MT at the University of Sonora's Arts Center.
Valenzuela -- a six-time All-Star with the Dodgers, who won the National League's Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards while en route to a World Series title in 1981 -- will be joined by ex-manager Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers vice president Lon Rosen and broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, now Valenzuela's partner in the booth.
Caribbean Baseball Federation president Juan Herrera will make a speech and present Valenzuela with his Hall of Fame plaque, officially placing him in a group that includes Tony Perez, Rod Carew, Willie Mays, Dave Concepcion, Edgar Martinez and Roberto Alomar. Also being inducted Sunday are ex-players Houston Jimenez and Ever Magallanes, along with former Mexican Pacific League presidents Renato Vega and Dr. Arturo Leon Lerma.
Valenzuela's last season in the Majors came in 1997, but he continued to suit up for his home country in the Mexican Pacific League until 2006 -- at age 46 -- and pitched in three Caribbean Series (1982, '93 and '01).
On Friday, Valenzuela kicked off the 55th Caribbean Series and helped christen a brand-new ballpark in Sonora by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
"It looks like a very comfortable stadium for the fans," Valenzuela said while hounded by the Spanish press. "It's a stadium designed for baseball, and I think the people here will enjoy it."