Fernandomania was an original. All individual sports manias were borne from the knee of Fernando Valenzuela.
Valenzuela, of course, was not just a remarkable sensation for the Dodgers, but a huge favorite back in his native Mexico. He played in the Mexican winter leagues dating to the late ’70s.
And now he’s going to be honored there.
On Sunday, Valenzuela will be inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Hermosillo, Mexico, at the Universidad Sonora.
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin and Dodgers executive vice president of marketing Lon Rosen are scheduled to attend and represent the Dodgers.