Jeremy Bonderman backtracks a bit from retirement talk

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One day after telling Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s seriously considering retiring after the season, Jeremy Bonderman backtracked a bit and said calling it quits would be more of a worst-case scenario if he finds a lack of interest as a free agent this offseason.

I love pitching. I feel my health is good. I’ve just got to find a way to get people out. Just got to see if I get offered a contract.

In other words, as long as someone offers him a major-league contract and guaranteed money Bonderman will probably keep pitching, but if all he can get on the open market are minor-league offers he may decide to call it quits at age 27.
Bonderman has pitched poorly this year, but his secondary numbers are quite a bit better than his ugly 5.05 ERA and he’s certainly looked decent enough to attract some big-league offers this winter. It may be not with the Tigers, but I’ll be surprised if Bonderman isn’t pitching in 2011.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”