The 2023–2024 season of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) is in its final phase. The round-robin has reached its climax, and there are only a few days left to meet the second finalist of the current course, who will face Tiburones de La Guaira. Among many emotions, a player with a long history on the national circuit like Miguel Socolovich, a reliever for Leones del Caracas, is making his last commitments as a professional player.
This is the year of retirement for “Soco,” a man who managed to give a lot of joy to the long-haired team and marked a path of excellence for the pitchers living in the rented ball in Venezuela.
Before the match against Tigres de Aragua, on Wednesday, January 17, at the Simón Bolívar Monumental Stadium, located in La Rinconada, the Caracas Lions organized a tribute ceremony for that gentleman on the mound. He received several gifts from the organization: a small barrel, a plaster image with the image of the Virgin of the Valley, and a large plaque with her photo.
Then, he was in charge of throwing out the first pitch, surrounded by his family and with a very special catcher, Orber Moreno, another pitcher with whom he shared great moments in the furry squad. When the pitch was made, Moreno went to “Soco” to give him a hug from his teammates and dedicate some words to him that, without a doubt, were emotional for the 37-year-old pitcher.
The public in the new Lions cave was given a poster with the logo of Caracas, the last name “Socolovich” in large letters, and the number 55, the same number that was paired with Miguel’s jersey during his baseball career in Venezuela.
On the morning of the same Wednesday, Miguel Socolovich received his award for “Setup of the Year,” an award given by Los Grandes de la LVBP.
The Caracas native has competed in nine LVBP matches, all in the metropolitan uniform. According to the numbers on the LVBP website, Socolovich has accumulated up to 10 wins, 4 losses, 18 games saved, 35 holds, 31 earned runs allowed, 34 walks issued, and 114 strikeouts in 128.1 innings of work.