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Valenzuela inducted into Caribbean Hall of Fame

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Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Fernando Valenzuela was enshrined into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

"For me, to be inducted into the Caribbean Series Hall of Fame, it's a great honor," Valenzuela, 52, said, according to MLB.com. "I feel so happy."

A player needs to receive 75 percent of the votes to be inducted, the same percentage required for the MAJOr League Baseball Hall of Fame, and Valenzuela received approval from 175 of the 200 voting media members.

The ceremonies took place at the University of Sonora, and Valenzuela was enshrined alongside two former Mexican players, Houston Jimenez and Ever Magallanes, and two former Mexican Pacific League presidents, Renato Vega and Dr. Arturo Leon Lerma.

Valenzuela was named to the All-Star team six times and he won the Cy Young Award, in 1981, the same year he was named rookie of the year.

Valenzuela's Major League career ended with the Cardinals in 1997 with 173 wins and a 3.54 ERA , but he played in the Mexican Pacific League until 2006, at the age of 46.
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