By Michelle Bruton – – Photo Not Credited.

Photo: Dodger’s Pitching Sensation, Fernando Valenzuela.

When Valenzuela, a native of Etchohuaquila, Mexico, earned his first start, Latino players made up just 11.1 percent of MLB teams, according to data from SABR (Society for American Baseball Research), which did not distinguish between Latino and Hispanic players. For comparison, in 2016, Latino players made up 27.4 percent of the league.

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