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August 9, 1985 | Mike Eberts
When Fernando Valenzuela's fastball is humming, he leaves fans singing in the aisles at Dodger Stadium--or if he doesn't, he may, thanks to Alma Pedroza. Pedroza, mother of KABC-TV reporter Inez Pedroza and former KFWB reporter Cecilia Pedroza, has released what she hopes will become the star pitcher's theme song, "Fernando! You Are the One!" She co-wrote the music with a third daughter, Adelina Pedroza, who is a flamenco dancer.
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March 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Fernando Valenzuela smiled Saturday night as he recalled what he saw several hours earlier. On the eve of the Dodgers' departure for Australia, 17-year-old Julio Urias became the story of the day by pitching a perfect first inning in the opening game of a doubleheader, a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres. Armed with a fastball clocked as high as 97 mph, Urias struck out two of the three batters he faced. Because of his background, Urias figures to be compared to Valenzuela the way Clayton Kershaw has been compared to Sandy Koufax.
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SPORTS
June 30, 1989 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, Times Staff Writer
The Padres' curiosity was aroused. They had heard the talk. Read the box scores. But, could it really be? "Hey, with that guy, we knew anything was possible," Padre right fielder Tony Gwynn said. "We didn't think he could still be the same pitcher we were used to seeing, but with what he's done lately, I think we were anxious to see how he'd do?" Yes, it has been nearly a decade since a 20-year-old kid from Sonora, Mexico, emerged on the major league scene and became the creator of what is known as Fernandomania.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Citing the recent death of a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport, state legislators on Friday called for committee hearings to assess worker safety at California airports. Although Cal/OSHA is looking into the death of Cesar A. Valenzuela on Feb. 21, a group of lawmakers announced at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles that they would conduct a wider investigation. "This is a horrible tragedy and we must find out if this could have been prevented," said state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)
SPORTS
June 19, 1986 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
It was 50 years ago this month that "Gone With the Wind" was published, an anniversary they're observing with much fanfare here. It was just one night ago that Tom Niedenfuer failed to hold a Dodger lead in the 10th inning. So what do the Civil War and the Dodgers' loss Tuesday night have in common? As far as Niedenfuer is concerned, they're both history, and frankly, Tommy, he could give a damn.
MAGAZINE
October 25, 1992
Goodman gave us a stimulating account of Valenzuela's baseball career in Mexico after his release from the major leagues. Whether or not Valenzuela makes it back, he should once again become a real role model by returning to Los Angeles to help develop a year-round baseball program for L.A.'s Latino youth. JIM ALLEN Cambria
NEWS
April 3, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE
The riding career of Pat Valenzuela, whose many big-race victories have been dwarfed by years of run-ins with racing authorities because of drug abuse and riding absences, took a dead-end turn Monday when the California Horse Racing Board denied him a license. Valenzuela, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1989 with Sunday Silence, rode six Breeders' Cup winners and totaled 3,030 winners, was hoping to return to the saddle after a year's suspension that resulted from his testing positive for amphetamines at Santa Anita in February 2000.
SPORTS
June 7, 1986
If the hotshot manager of the Dodgers wears out Fernando's golden arm by overworking him, which he apparently is starting to do, then Lasorda should be drummed out of professional baseball. Mike Downey's article on Valenzuela makes it appear that Lasorda is gambling Valenzuela's future against the Dodgers' need for a stronger bullpen. Fifteen minutes of ice indeed! Let's see the rich Dodgers and Peter O'Malley hire some dependable, if expensive, relief pitching for their young, and probably innocent, star.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A woman accusing two Los Angeles police officers of coercing her into sex said she was working as an informant for the pair when they threatened her with arrest. Although department officials have remained tight-lipped, the allegations against the officers are detailed in a  search warrant affidavit  filed by an investigator involved in an ongoing criminal investigation into the officers' conduct. Sources told The Times that LAPD officials are seeking to fire the two officers after an internal investigation determined that they pressured women to engage in sex acts with them in their car while on duty.
SPORTS
April 6, 1991
Tommy Lasorda is to baseball what Ronald Reagan was to the Presidency. Both are public relations specialists. Both are likable. Both have never been held responsible for their mistakes. Lasorda says he is sorry to see Valenzuela go, but who allowed Fernando to be overpitched, letting him throw 130-140 pitches a game? Keep smiling and hugging your players, Tommy. SHELDON M. DIEHL Hermosa Beach
HOME & GARDEN
February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Like the Echo Park Lake that reopened last June, the neighborhood surrounding Echo Park Avenue has experienced a sense of renewal with the addition of several new retail stores and restaurants. "We're in a golden moment right now because the neighborhood has changed, but not too much," said artist Peter Shire, who has lived north of Sunset Boulevard for more than 60 years and worked there for several decades. Chango and Fix Coffee have been joined by chef Miles Thompson's restaurant and bar Allumette and the new tea house and retail space Valerie Echo Park from popular pastry chef Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A woman accusing two Los Angeles police officers of coercing her into sex said she was working as an informant for the pair when they threatened her with arrest. Although department officials have remained tight-lipped, the allegations against the officers are detailed in a  search warrant affidavit  filed by an investigator involved in an ongoing criminal investigation into the officers' conduct. Sources told The Times that LAPD officials are seeking to fire the two officers after an internal investigation determined that they pressured women to engage in sex acts with them in their car while on duty.
SPORTS
May 6, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time, and vote you did, as we received an amazing 12,231 ballots. So many people voted that we have decided to expand the list from the top 10 to the top 20. Each weekday at 11 a.m. PDT, a new player will be listed as we count down all 20. Remember, any Dodger, Brooklyn or L.A., was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you listed the person on the ballot.
SPORTS
January 31, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
SPORTS
April 12, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Four months after announcing his retirement from racing, jockey Patrick Valenzuela will return for the start of the Hollywood Park meeting April 26, according to his agent, Tom Knust. "He was having a lot of personal problems before," Knust said. "His mind is good now. He feels he misses racing and feels he has three, four good years left. " Valenzuela, 49, has 4,233 career victories and rode Sunday Silence to victory in the 1989 Kentucky Derby. Knust said he expects Valenzuela to start exercising horses beginning next week.
SPORTS
July 2, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
There have been plenty of ups and downs in the racing career of jockey Patrick Valenzuela, but at 48, he's looking revitalized and reenergized. On Saturday, he earned his 100th career stakes victory at Hollywood Park by guiding Courageous Cat to victory by a neck over Caracortado in the $300,000 Grade I Shoemaker Mile. Valenzuela won the Santa Anita Derby when he was 17 in 1980. He won the Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence in 1989. He has fought back from substance abuse problems to return to Southern California to ride full time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Citing the recent death of a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport, state legislators on Friday called for committee hearings to assess worker safety at California airports. Although Cal/OSHA is looking into the death of Cesar A. Valenzuela on Feb. 21, a group of lawmakers announced at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles that they would conduct a wider investigation. "This is a horrible tragedy and we must find out if this could have been prevented," said state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)
SPORTS
February 28, 1987
The network that brought us the 11:30 p.m. delayed basketball playoff telecasts is at it again. After hyping the Laker-76ers game as an Abdul-Jabbar vs. Dr. J showdown, no mention of Dr. J's earlier injury, which would prevent him from playing, was relayed until the beginning of the game's second quarter. Having been appraised of his injury a week earlier on ESPN, we were not suckered by this blatant attempt to hold unaware viewers captive. This behavior is comparable to advertising a Valenzuela-Gooden duel and waiting until the third inning to advise the fans that Gooden had been injured and would not be pitching.
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