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Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 7:20 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended from Venezuelan League play for 66 games (ESPN Dallas), which is the rest of this season and all of next season. Torreabla struck an umpire in the mask recently. League President Jose Grasso Vecchio called Torrealba's behavior unacceptable and a violation of league rules, in announcing the suspension.

Here's the video evidence:



The suspension does not, however, carry over into Major League Baseball. The Rangers are reportedly still mulling over their options with the catcher.

Torrealba was born in Caracas, Venezuela and plays for the Caracas Lions when playing in his native country. He has issued the following statement through the Rangers:

"I wanted to express my sincere apologies to all parties for my actions during the Venezuelan Winter League game on Friday. I have extended an apology to the Rangers organization as well. I am embarrassed for my conduct, and personally relayed that feeling to the umpire after that night’s game. On the field, I strive to be an example for children, especially those in my native Venezuela, and I regret my actions. I understand the reactions to the incident and will make every effort to set a positive example in the future."

Torrealba, 33, hit .273/.306/.399 in 419 plate appearances for the Rangers last season, serving as a backup option for when Mike Napoli either needed rest, was used at first base or served as a designated hitter.

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Comments

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:20 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

They get paid millions of dollars to play a game yet they are never happy with what they've got. 

Name me one professional sport where money isn't the #1 motivational factor. There is greed in all of todays sports and the money that the networks throw at the owners is the prime reason. The millionaire athletes in todays never are content with making enough money. But don't we all want more....especially if it is available in abundance. Professional Sports is now called entertainment and team loyalty does not exist in either direction.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

wow hitting an upire i the mask. you really hurt him. by the way how is your hand. i guess the guy doesnt realize that umpires read the news, and dont expect any favors from the umps.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:06 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

bgtaylor4,

You excuse this behavior by pointing to what others do, then you say that for this punishment he "may as well have done more to the ump."  ???  If you're a lawyer, do Torrealba a favor and don't advocate for him.  Then, you top it off by saying that Torrealba should get Brownie points for restraing himself and not clonking the ump on the head with the bat.  Would Stan Musial have grabbed an ump?  Roberto Clemente?  Derek Jeter?  It's called adults controlling themselves and it's a little thing called class.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:06 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

John Analyzer -- I realize physical contact is not allowed.  And that some discipline must be meted out.  But we have posters here over reacting -- lifetime bans and rhetoric like he committed some huge crime.  Mostly that he hit him.  Watched it over and over...  a push at best.  Over acting by the ump.  I've seen MLB mangers chest bumping umps doing more damage.  So yeah, there was contact.  It could have been far more contact -- with a fist, a two-handed grab, ripping off the face mask and brawling, or worse, smacking him with bat in the other hand...  And note, Torvit never even gestures with the bat.

Ejection -- sure.  Suspension from some games.  Ok -- sure.  All next season?  No way.  MLB sanctions?  No again.

He touched an ump.  Big no-no.  But realistically, this wasn't that big a deal.  And for he got he may as well have done more to the ump.  Point is he didn't; and he shouldn't be made a pariah. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Some of you "knucleheads" blogging should understand that baseball is not life it is a childs game, screwed up by adults.

That might be one of the best lines I've ever read on these boards, you are 100 percent correct.  Baseball is a child's game screwed up by adults.  My kids played when they were 10 and 8 years old respectively and loved playing, just for the fun of the game.  But the adults in the stands?  Some aren't in it for the fun, it's way too serious for them.  

And then you have MLB players that forget they're playing A GAME for money.  Constantly arguing with officials, throwing at eachother, bench clearing brawls, verbal threats, etc....   they get paid millions of dollars to play a game yet they are never happy with what they've got. 



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

A one-year suspension and a comprehensive anger management course; and a lifetime MLB ban if he beats up his anger anagement counsellor.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

What's missing for me in the clip is the events prior to the strike out.  Torrealba was not mad that he struck out swinging.......that's on him.  I have to guess that in his mind there were some questionable strikes called before that, causing him to protect the plate more and then strike out.  No matter how bad the umpire may be calling balls and strikes, the answer is not to hit the umpire........and by the way, why would want to strike a guy in the face with your bare hand when the umpire is wearing a metal mask? 



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Bud Selig won't do anything. He's totally oblivious to his surroundings.



Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

I'm a huge Ranger fan and I'm disappointed in this.  I think a MLB suspension of a few games is in order also.  Players need to realize that when they sign that MLB contract, they represent the League, the Team and baseball in general.  That's one of the responsibilities of being blessed to make a living playing a game.  Hopefully he has learned something from this.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:57 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Played the game for over 36 yrs.  You NEVER hit an umpire.  The game is for gentlemen, regardless of who says whay about whatever to you.  Some of you "knucleheads" blogging should understand that baseball is not life it is a childs game, screwed up by adults.

You should NEVER physically assault anyone - period.  Use your fists for protection for your person not on a non athlete such as an official.  There job is to make "judgement calls" and keep the pace and the rules of the game.  Only a "criminal" will assault an umpire.

I'm sure there is an affiliation between MLB and the winter league countries.  I say, give him a MLB 50 game suspension, anger management, and that's not including the assault charges he should get.





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