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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: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:14 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Yorvit is just fortunate he's not in one of Hugo Chavez's jail cells for inciting a riot. One thing that Yorvit did was to make sure any kidnappers won't go after him. If he head butts an ump, there's no telling what he'd do to some dudes who try to throw him in a van.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:11 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

He s a punk.  Still mad about that A** whoopin the Cardinals put on the Rangers!
LOVED IT! 



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:51 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Who would name there kid "Yorvit"?  What a stupid name.  He deserves 66 games just for his name alone.


bingmook
Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:35 am
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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:47 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

big daddy, really??  That is a rant, spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes you see from a 12 year old.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:38 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Ban him 4 life!



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:37 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Do you honestly think anybody on here reads your post with it's lack of punctuation, bad grammar, silly reasoning and all-caps rant and believes you are a college ump?  Where do I sign up for the job because they must be hurting for umps.




Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:30 am
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Wow... really surprised by some of the comments on here.

Ok ... he hit the ump. He lolst his temper and has little or no remorse about it. Suspend him and move on. But did anybody else think the umpire overreacted a little bit to the hit? He took a slap to the head ... while he was wearing protective headgear ... and yet he turned and acted as if he was hit by a bat full swing.
The umpires reaction is completely irrelevant. The fact that ANY physical contact was made was totally out of line by the player. ANYONE that has played organized sports knows this.
Besides, while the so called "reaction" by the ump may hav appeared to be over-reactionary, you don't know that. It could have very well been a "whip lash" type of feeling to the umps neck. He didn't see it coming and didn't brace his neck for that.


Severe over reaction by the winter league -- rest of season and all of next?  For what?
I thought Torrealba got off easy. He EASILY could have been banned for life from the winter league.
MLB should definitely pursue some kind of action. They could wait and see what Texas does and maybe that will be enough, if Nolan Ryan does in fact do something. But a precedent should be set with this punk!



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

hey sandlot curtain.   i am a college umpire  and if i was in venezuela  doing the games and knowing i would not have got in trouble because you think umpires are on a power trip just like the players, tell you what i would have done.      before i tell you what i would have done,   let me explain something to you,    so even you can understand.   everytime you turn on the television on a sport,  there is instant replay.   do you realize that major league and college i may add gets 98.85% of the calls correct.   look in elias sports bureau.   in the nba,  they get calls correctly on instant replay 97.5% of the time.   football is at 97.85% and all you say is umpires have it out for the pro players.   all this is  is a joke.   get rid of instant replay at all sports. IT TAKES ENTIRELY TOO MUCH TIME TO LOOK AT REPLAY.    either that OR  get robots to do the games.  hell,   even get a robot to do your job,   if you have one.   BACK TO WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE.   SIMPLE.     HEAD BUTT  HIS FACE WITH YOUR MASK ON AND OPEN UP HIS GREASY ASS FACE.  HE IS OVERATED PAID AND OVERATED ANYWAY. THEN WALK AWAY,   AND 99% OF THE WORLD WOULD HAVE BEEN ON MY SIDE.   SANDLOT,  YOUR AN IDIOT.    



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Sure you can argue with an umpire and be pissed at yourself or at a call.  Which he clearly was.  We don't know what the umpire or Torrealba said initially that got him tossed by the umpire (though it appeared ATorrealba was pissed at himself for striking out and said so choice words to himself and the umpire reacted) but we really don't know what was said.  HOWEVER, no way do you hit an umpire like that regardless of whether or not he was wearing a mask or any protection!  You simply don't do it!


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