Where in the World Is Renyel Pinto? Part Two
The saga of Renyel Pinto, fugitive Marlins reliever, continues. In November, Riptide reported that the rotund Venezuelan pitcher had skipped court dates in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties and was being chased by an arrest warrant and a $6,000 summary judgment as a result.
Worse yet, in our mind, Pinto's Facebook page revealed that (a) he wears so many ornate T-shirts featuring skulls and hearts that even Don Ed Hardy might consider warning him: "Dude, you look like a douche," and (b) he loves flipping off the camera, even when relaxing in a hammock.
Which begs the question: When you're getting paid a president's salary to play mediocre baseball six months a year, what's there to be angsty about?
It was a good offseason for Pinto, who negotiated a raise in salary to $1.075 million. But he's once again gone AWOL, this time skipping a contractually obliged meet-and-greet with fans to kick off spring training -- and now the team is hoping to send him and his fingers packing. From the Herald:
The Marlins are irritated with Renyel Pinto, who will be disciplined for missing FanFest, but haven't found value for him in a trade.
At this point, Pinto might want to get the hell out of Florida himself. On December 2, he was arrested in Broward County for a warrant stemming from skipping a court date for driving without a valid license. He's since pleaded not guilty to the offense. And his former management company, Coral Springs-based Pro-Management Resources, is attempting to garnish his MLB wages to pay back money owed for last year's contract -- which could be a lot harder to do if Pinto played for a team outside of this state.
With a trip to his Facebook page, Riptide solved the mystery of what Pinto's been up to. Apparently, baseball is only a secondary passion: