Fernando Valenzuela will be inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and will take part in a weekend worth of festivities and ceremonies in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
The Caribbean Hall of Fame is voted on by journalists, radio and television broadcasters and baseball historians from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, with a minimum of 75 points required for induction. Valenzuela received 175 of a possible 200 points.
Valenzuela will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday morning at the Unversidad Sonora, Centro de Los Artes. Later that night, he will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Caribbean Series before the game between Mexico’s Yaquis de Obregón and Dominican Republic’s Leones del Escogido.
In addition to Sunday's honors, Valenzuela will also take part in the opening ceremonies of the Caribbean Series Friday night in Hermosillo, and throw out another first pitch before Mexico’s Yaquis de Obregón takes on Puerto Rico’s Criollos de Caguas.
Valenzuela, who began his career pitching for Mayos de Navojoa of the Liga Mexicana del Pacífico, will be accompanied this weekend in Mexico by longtime manager Tommy Lasorda and Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin.
Also inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame with Valenzuela are former players Alfonso "Houston" Jiménez and Ever Magallanes, and former league presidents Renato Vega and Dr. Arturo León Lerma.