The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Saturday that one of the most legendary pitchers in Dodger history, lefty pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, will have his No. 34 retired this summer during a special three-day celebration. The team officially made the announcement was made during the 2023 FanFest celebration.
Fernandomania weekend will take place August 11-13 when the Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. The festivities will kick off with the Ring of Honor ceremony on Friday Night, a collector’s edition bobblehead on Saturday night and a replica Valenzuela 1981 World Series ring on Sunday. There will be many other fun and exciting elements planned for the entire weekend which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Major League Baseball today announced that Justin Turner was named as the Dodgers’ 2022 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, one of baseball’s most prestigious individual honor for major leaguers.
The annual award recognizes the player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
For just about every player on a contending team, the goal of clinching a playoff spot is the highest priority, superseding even the most decorated individual awards. However, the individual honors are important in their own way, as they often dictate the fame a player achieves in their place among the storied greats, plus a heavy bonus on their end-of-year paycheck.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have seemingly shifted into the next gear in the month of August, and at the right time to do so. So far they are 12-3 this month, and have gained two games on the first place San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
Walker Buehler of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for July, and Jameson Taillon of the New York Yankees has been named as the American League recipient of the award. The announcements were made Monday afternoon on MLB Network.
The regular season accolades just keep piling up for the Dodgers’ longest contracted player, Mookie Betts.
On Thursday, the Dodgers’ right fielder was awarded the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award. This is Betts’ third straight Silver Slugger Award and his first while playing for the Dodgers. It is his fourth overall such award.