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The 20 greatest Dodgers of all time, No. 9: Fernando Valenzuela
The 20 greatest Dodgers of all time, No. 9: Fernando Valenzuela

Continuing our countdown of the 20 greatest Dodgers of all time, as selected by our readers. No. 9: Fernando Valenzuela (23 first-place votes, 27,335 points) Before Mannywood, before Nomomania, there was the original and the best: Fernandomania. After an injury prevented Jerry Reuss from starting the Dodgers' 1981 season opener, the Dodgers turned to 20-year-old rookie Fernando Valenzuela. He pitched a shutout, and Fernandomania was off and running. He began the season 8-0 with five shutouts, and was the runaway winner of the rookie of the year and Cy Young awards after finishing 13-7 with a 2.48 earned-run average. Valenzuela's last great season with the Dodgers was in...

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