Dodgers Future Stars 302 OR

Dodgers Future Stars 302 OR

Dodgers Future Stars 302

Tim Lincecum, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Lou Brock, Tim McCarver, Steve Garcias and Dale Murphy are all MLB Baseball Hall of Famers. They aren’t the same, but they represent a culture. And there are a few more not on the list--Sandy Koufax, Dizzy Dean, Yogi Berra, Ken Burns and Terence Tao, who are all a part of the three generations of future sporting legends.


Fernando (Anguamea) Valenzuela (November 1, 1960-) began his career as an everyday start with a 2-0 shutout of the Houston Astros to kick off the 1981 season, a small snapshot of what was to come with the Los Angeles Dodgers new young ace. Fernando stunned the National League as he began the season 8-0 with five shutouts and a 0.50 ERA, leading the Dodgers to the 1981 World Series title over the New York Yankees, while capturing the National League Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger and the Cy Young Awards. Valenzuela is the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards in the same year finishing the year 13-7 a league leading 25 starts, 11 complete games, eight shutouts, 192.1 innings pitches and 180 strikeouts as well as a 2.48 ERA. Valenzuela wowed Latino fans sparking “Feranandomania” as he mowed down National League batters with his dominant screwball, earning six All-Star Games selections and leading the NL in wins and strikeouts once each and complete games three times. He dominated batter throughout the 1980s in Los Angeles winning ten or more game nine times from 1982-1990. Fernando pitched for the Dodgers (1980-1990), the California Angels (1991), the Baltimore Orioles (1993), the Philadelphia Phillies (1994), the San Diego Padres (1995-1997) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1997). Valenzuela was injured and unable to pitch when the Dodgers captured the 1988 World Series title over the Oakland Athletics. Fernando Valenzuela finished his career with a 173-153 record, 113 complete games, 31 shutouts, 2,074 strikeouts and a 3.54 career ERA in 453 games.

Mike Lorri Scioscia (November 27, 1958-) spent his entire 13-year career behind the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1980-1992) and was considered one of the best plate blockers in the game during his time in the Majors. The Dodgers took Mike with the 19th overall pick of the 1976 MLB June Amateur Draft anticipating him to be the heir-apparent of longtime LA catcher Steve Yeager. Scioscia debuted in 1980 and was handling the primary catching duties by his sophomore season at the behest of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda. That year (1981), he helped lead the Dodgers to their first World Series title since 1965. The 6’2”, 200 lbs. Scioscia made a name for himself with durability, skill and a knack for hanging onto the ball as would-be scorers attempted to barrel over or avoid the tag from the big Dodgers catcher. Mike suffered issues with his rotator cuff throughout his career, an injury that would limit his effectiveness at the tail end of his career. He recorded 8,335 putouts, 737 assists, 97 double plays and 114 errors in 9,186 chances. Known more for his fielding ability than his ability with a bat, Scioscia did enjoy the 1985 season when he batted .296 with 127 hits and 53 RBI in 141 games. In 1988, the two-time All-Star helped lead his club back to the promised land defeating the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in the World Series. Mike Scioscia finished his playing career with a .259 career batting average, 1,131 hits and 446 RBI. He also posted a 34% caught stealing percentage. Following the playing days, Mike became the manager of the Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2000 where he lead the powerful team to its first World Series tile in franchise history in 2002. He was named the 2002 American League Manager of the Year and won the award again in 2009. Through the 2011 season, Scioscia has compiled a 1,066-878 record in 1,874 games. (Source: www.psacard.com)



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