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Should the Dodgers retire Fernando Valenzuela's number?

March 30, 2011 |  3:56 pm



In his story on Fernando Valenzuela, Times Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez mentions that the team has not given out Valenzuela's number, 34, since he left the Dodgers in 1991. Manny Ramirez asked for it when the Dodgers acquired him, and clubhouse manager Mitch Poole told him no, perhaps the greatest contribution Poole has ever made to the Dodgers.

So should the Dodgers go ahead and make it official and retire Valenzuela's number?

--Houston Mitchell

Photo: Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela raises a magnum of champagne as the Dodgers toast their NL West victory against the Houston Astros in a clubhouse celebration on Oct. 12, 1981. Credit: Associated Press