Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher and current Dodgers Spanish-language broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela will be inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday during a ceremony at the Universidad Sonora as part of the Caribbean Series in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Valenzuela, born in Sonora, is being honored for both his major league career and his Mexican league play. Like those at Cooperstown, the Caribbean winter league inductees are required to be named on 75 percent of the ballots. Valenzuela garnered 175 of a potential 200 points.
Valenzuela made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 1980 as a 19-year-old with a phenomenal screwball and spent 17 years in the majors. He will throw out the first pitch Friday in the new 16,000-seat Estadio Sonora ballpark before the opening game of the 2013 Caribbean World Series between Mexico's Yaquis de Obregón and the Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido.