(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz was surrounded by friends and family of Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez at his official retirement ceremony celebration as he presented the former Major League Baseball player with a Key to the County and proclamation naming August 20, 2011 "El Duque Day." The ceremony took place at the La Ley Sports Complex in Homestead, Florida.
" Hernandez's arrival to the U.S. from Cuba and successful career are the epitome of the American Dream," said Commissioner Diaz, who also chairs the Miami-Dade Sports Commission. "We're honored that he chose to hold his retirement in Miami-Dade and wish him the best of luck in all his future projects."
Hernandez made his mark in MLB history when he joined the Yankees after his defection from Cuba in 1998. He was a member of four World Series winning teams (1998, 1999 and 2000) with the Yankees and 2005 with the Chicago White Sox.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.
Photo caption: Commissioner Diaz with Hernandez, his family, and friends, including Alfredo Mesa of the Florida Marlins.
Photo caption: Commissioner Diaz (right) shakes Orlando Hernandez's hand as he presents the athlete a County proclamation..