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October 28, 2004 | Paul Gutierrez
Former Dodger pitcher-turned-radio broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela has begun his personal "spring training" in Mexicali, Mexico, for the Mexican winter league. All that's left is the date of his first start for the Aguilas in his pseudo-comeback. "I've been down here about a week with the team," Valenzuela said Wednesday. "But they're on the road now, so I have to sit with the manager and the coach and figure out the rotation when they get back. Probably next week."
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November 14, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jockey Pat Valenzuela, who hasn't ridden since Oct. 24, will be arraigned on two misdemeanor charges this morning at Santa Anita Municipal Court in Monrovia. Valenzuela, 34, has been charged with vandalism and damages and for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to Bill Walton, a court liaison officer with the Arcadia Police Department. Walton said the vandalism was done to a vehicle and occurred late in the evening on Oct. 31.
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July 3, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela's latest comeback lasted all of one day. About two hours before first post Friday night at Hollywood Park, Valenzuela was suspended by stewards Pete Pedersen, George Slender and Tom Ward for failing to comply fully with the terms of his conditional license with the California Horse Racing Board.
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March 29, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Angel General Manager Mike Port said he would ask the team's Florida scouts for their evaluation of Dodger left-hander Fernando Valenzuela. But he expressed doubts that the Angels would claim Valenzuela on waivers. "My first reaction is I don't see how he'd fit into our pitching situation," Port said. "As a matter of procedure we'll check anybody. We don't want to close out any possibility.
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November 16, 1990 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood Park stewards Pete Pedersen, Thomas Ward and David Samuel suspended Patrick Valenzuela indefinitely Thursday and turned the jockey's case over to the California Horse Racing Board. Valenzuela, who has a history of drug problems, called in sick at Santa Anita Nov. 3 and has not been allowed to ride since. To be reinstated, Valenzuela, 28, will have to have medical and psychological evaluations to determine his fitness for a license.
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July 15, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski
The formal hearing for suspended jockey Patrick Valenzuela, which was scheduled for this morning at Hollywood Park, has been continued to an unspecified date. The only thing certain is that it won't be held until Del Mar begins. The seaside track will kick off its 43-day meet on Wednesday.
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January 13, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The California Horse Racing Board issued a conditional license Wednesday to Pat Valenzuela, the oft-suspended jockey who is eligible to ride today at Santa Anita. The new license, which expires at the end of the year, was issued after Valenzuela's suspension, handed out by Del Mar stewards in August, was overturned on appeal by an administrative law judge. The racing board accepted the judge's opinion after a hearing at Santa Anita on Friday.
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February 2, 1999 | BILL SHAIKIN
Fernando Valenzuela has declined the Dodgers' offer to join the team in spring training and try to win a job as a relief pitcher, his agent said Monday. "We appreciate the invitation, but we're not going to accept it," agent Tony DeMarco said. "We're going to sit out for a while. We're not seeking out anybody." DeMarco declined to say whether Valenzuela still hoped to pursue a return to the major leagues.
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January 22, 1999 | BILL SHAIKIN
Fernando Valenzuela, the Dodgers' darling of the 1980s, could return to the club this spring should he accept an invitation to training camp and then make the team as a relief pitcher. "The opportunity is there for him if he wants it," Dodger General Manager Kevin Malone said Thursday. "He's pitched very well this winter. With what he's done for the city of Los Angeles and for the Dodgers, if he wants the opportunity to come to camp, we would be willing."
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