6 Facts About Fernando Valenzuela

1. In 1981, Fernando Valenzuela married Linda Burgos, a schoolteacher from Mexico.

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2. On October 25, 2017, Fernando Valenzuela threw the first pitch at game 2 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium, introduced by Vin Scully and joined by Steve Yeager.

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3. On June 29, 2004, Fernando Valenzuela announced he would return to the mound in the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico to play for Los Aguilas de Mexicali in October, at which time he was nearly 44 years old.

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4. Early in his major league career, Fernando Valenzuela had trouble communicating with his catchers because he spoke very little English.

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5. At the 1986 All-Star Game, Fernando 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.

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6. In 1977, Fernando Valenzuela began his professional baseball career when he signed with the Mayos de Navojoa.

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