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March 19, 2004 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
They call him "Pollo," Spanish for chicken, not because of his mellow mien, but because of that day long ago when all he had to wear was a bright yellow T-shirt -- he looked like a giant chick -- and he was teased mercilessly by the neighborhood kids. Juan Valenzuela, who grew up in Culiacan, Mexico, has been fighting for respect ever since.
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April 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
Fernandomania in Orioles Park at Camden Yards this summer? Could it happen? Does the popular former National League Cy Young Award winner still have the ability to fool major league hitters? If Fernando Valenzuela's one perfect inning of relief Friday night and an outstanding spring are any indication, the answer is maybe, Baltimore manager Johnny Oates said. "We'll just have to see how remarkable this story is," Oates said.
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November 17, 1990 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Padres have had preliminary talks with free agent left-hander Fernando Valenzuela, Joe McIlvaine, Padre general manager, said Friday night. But McIlvaine refused to divulge whether the Padres are willing to make the starting pitcher a contract offer. "We've had some contact with him," McIlvaine said, "but I can't tell you how interested we are. I haven't even told his agent (Tony DeMarco). We'll just have to wait and see."
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March 29, 1991 | MIKE PENNER
These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities keep beating the Angels over the head. Bo Jackson last week. Fernando Valenzuela today. The Angels said no to Bo because he's hurt--with the Angels, the career-ending injury usually happens after they sign the guy--but with Fernando, how can they possibly resist? Valenzuela just turned 30. Finally, he's old enough. Valenzuela is a Latin Ballplayer.
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August 7, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Del Mar stewards Ingrid Fermin, George Slender and Tom Ward suspended jockey Patrick Valenzuela for the rest of 2004 on Friday and recommended that the California Horse Racing Board not consider Valenzuela, 41, for future licensing.
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September 1, 1985 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
In just a few weeks, the Dodgers are expected to begin negotiations with representatives of Fernando Valenzuela, presumably on a multiyear contract that would keep the left-handed pitcher from becoming a free agent after the 1986 season, when he is eligible to become one. Valenzuela is being paid $1.2 million in 1985, a figure agreed upon just hours before the deadline for filing for arbitration.
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April 13, 1989 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
Fernando Valenzuela made his second start of the season Wednesday night, and the reviews were devastating, even if the score--Giants 3, Dodgers 1--was not. Valenzuela's critics weren't of the pressbox variety, either. These opinion-makers had bats, not pens, in hand, which they wielded with little mercy. "Man, I don't have no feelings for no one," said Giant third baseman Kevin Mitchell, when asked if he had any compassion for the Dodger left-hander attempting to recover from serious shoulder problems.
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July 20, 1993 | MARK MASKE, THE WASHINGTON POST
Fernando Valenzuela pitched the Baltimore Orioles to yet another victory Sunday, this one a 7-2 decision over the Minnesota Twins, and prompted an almost ho-humreaction from Manager Johnny Oates. After Valenzuela had raised his record to 5-7 and lowered his earned-run average to 3.
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May 1, 2004 | BOB MIESZERSKI
When racing is over at Hollywood Park today, Patrick Valenzuela could be atop the jockey standings. Valenzuela, recently granted a stay of a suspension by the California Horse Racing Board after he failed to appear for a mandatory drug test in January, started his latest comeback only six days ago and has had eight winners in his first four days back, leaving him two behind leader Corey Nakatani.
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February 12, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who hasn't ridden since Jan. 19, had an informal meeting with track stewards and the regional supervisor of the California Horse Racing Board on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. Valenzuela, whose conditional license to race was suspended Jan. 23, the day after he failed to show up for a drug test, requested the meeting during a phone call Sunday afternoon.
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