The Unbreakable Bond: Venezuelan Aces Reunite

The Unbreakable Bond: Venezuelan Aces Reunite
The Unbreakable Bond: Venezuelan Aces Reunite

Two Venezuelan pitchers, Ricardo Pinto and Ranger Suárez, have a close bond that dates back to their days at the Phillies academy in 2012. Despite their different paths, they have always stayed in touch.

After signing a minor-league contract with the Phillies in February, Pinto was called back up to the big league team in April to replace reliever Connor Brogdon. It was a chaotic situation as Pinto had to endure a six-hour drive to reach the ballpark.

Despite the long journey, Pinto pitched four innings with two strikeouts, allowing just three runs on five hits. Suárez, who witnessed his friend's return to the majors, was impressed by his maturity and experience.

Pinto's performance in the Caribbean Series, where he had a 0.84 ERA over 10⅔ innings, caught the attention of Phillies senior adviser Pat Gillick. Gillick recommended Pinto to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, leading to his signing.

Now, after 1,675 days since his last big league outing, Pinto is back with the Phillies. He is grateful for the support of his friends, including Suárez, who is taking care of him during his stay in Philadelphia.

Suárez recognizes Pinto as both a younger and older brother figure, as Pinto is 30 and Suárez is 28. The two pitchers' friendship and mutual respect is evident, adding a heartwarming element to their return to the same team.

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