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Clayton Kershaw wins National League Cy Young Award

Clayton Kershaw wins National League Cy Young Award

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitching ace Clayton Kershaw Thursday was named the 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner.

Giants Lincecum NL Cy Young winner

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was named Tuesday as the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner.

MLB: Florida 5, New York Mets 4

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Paul Lo Duca put Florida in front with a two-run single in the sixth Wednesday night and the Marlins went on to down the New York Mets, 5-4.

White Sox exercise 2004 option on Loaiza

CHICAGO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- As expected, the Chicago White Sox have exercised the 2004 club option on Esteban Loaiza.

Dontrelle Willis named to All-Star team

NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) -- Flordia Marlins rookie lefthander Dontrelle Willis was named to the National League All-Star team Friday as an injury replacement.

Hispanidad: Hall should honor Fernando

When baseball's Hall of Fame announces its newest members next week, there's a good chance it will take a pass on one of the top pitchers of the 1980s who also
GREGORY TEJEDA, United Press International

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories.

Murray, Sandberg lead Hall candidates

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- First baseman Eddie Murray and second baseman Ryne Sandberg are among the 33 candidates listed on the 2002 ballot for Major League Baseball.

Dodgers seek latest 'mania' in Ishii

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Some of the most memorable baseball seasons in Los Angeles have revolved around the arrival of a pitcher from another land who takes the Major Leagues by storm
HIL ANDERSON

Analysis: Calif.'s Orange Co. a-changin'

Here is a report on the quintessential Southern California conservative suburb, Orange County. It was once famous for being a stronghold for white right-wingers.
PATRICK REDDY, Special to UPI
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Fernando Valenzuela
SLP970620004 - 20 JUNE 1997 - ST.LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Fernando Valenzuela looks at the home crowd while sitting in the dougout for the first time, prior to a game with the Cincinnati Reds, June 20. Valenzuela was aquired by the Cardinals from the San Diego Padres in a six man trade, June 13. UPI Bill Greenblatt
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Fernando Valenzuela Anguamea (born November 1, 1960 Etchohuaquila, Sonora, Mexico) is a former left-handed pitcher who pitched for six different teams during his Major League Baseball career, most notably the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he pitched for eleven seasons, from 1980 to 1990. Thanks in part to his "Ruthian physique," and a devastating screwball that helped him win his first eight straight decisions in 1981, Valenzuela touched off an early 80s craze dubbed "Fernandomania". That year, Valenzuela became the only player in Major League history to win both the Rookie of The Year award and the Cy Young Award in the same season.

Valenzuela, the youngest of five children, was born in Etchohuaquila, a small town within the municipality of Navojoa, in the state of Sonora, Mexico. His birth date is officially listed as November 1, 1960, but during his phenomenal rookie season in 1981 some observers questioned his age, guessing him to be significantly older than twenty.

In 1978, 17-year-old Fernando Valenzuela began his professional baseball career with the Guanajuato Tuzos of the Mexican Central League, posting a 5-6 record with a 2.23 ERA. The following year, the Mexican Central League was absorbed into the expanded Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Mexican Baseball League), automatically elevating then 18-year-old Valenzuela to the Triple-A level. Pitching for the Leones de Yucat√°n (Yucatan Lions) that year, Valenzuela went 10-12 with a 2.49 ERA and 141 strikeouts. A number of Major League teams scouted Valenzuela during this time, but it was the Los Angeles Dodgers who finally gambled on the young lefty, buying out his Liga contract on July 6, 1979, for $120,000.

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