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Former Mexican MLB Baseball Pitcher Becomes A U.S. Citizen

One of all-time favorite baseball players growing up as a kid in Los Angeles was then-Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. My dad used to take us to Dodger stadium to watch baseball games, and on two occasions, we were treated to Valenzuela’s outings.

It didn’t really matter to me that he was Hispanic, it was his unorthodox pitching delivery that drew my attention, and the fact that  he had a lot  of media buzz surrounding him.

Valenzuela has finally become a U.S. citizen after 36-years of residency in the United States.

Hey Fernando, its about time!

Valenzuela was part  of large group of immigrants, which includes my mother,  that felt that they needed to stay true to their countries of origin, but finally realized that being a U.S. citizen has bigger perks and protections.



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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, Politico, The Hill, NBC, Wall Street Journal, and other state and national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous TV and radio shows, including being the one of NewsmaxTV's regular commentators. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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