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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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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:44 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Come on Yorvit! You can't punch an umpire in the chops mi hermano. I don't care if the home plate ump expanded your strike zone, but you swung and missed @ strike 3 senor. Just stroll back to the dugout and have a cerveza bro. I've been to those Winter baseball games in the islands and Mexico and never thought to throw blows @ some ump who's trying to make a buck. My man; MLB umpires are waiting for you to take similar action against them. Country Joe West and the Hirschbeck bro's are gleefully anticipating your play in games they umpire.

Since: Sep 10, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:18 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Really? You never played a college or professional sport did you? Anybody that's ever played little league knows you do not touch, let alone hit, an umpire, ref, or other official. That's for out of control soccermom parents of spoiled little kids. MLB should toss him for the season without pay. You'd be fired if you did that in your work environment too. Get your head out.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:59 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

BG Taylor, you are totally wrong..."only a little push"...physical contact is PROHIBITED against officials in severe the "push" was is irrelevent...he assaulted an is NOT an "overreaction," if anything, it is an underreaction.  The players union supposedly "protecting" a player like him would probably object which is too bad they would try to defend him against an MLB suspension...but MLB should suspend him for at least 20 games as some other readers have suggested...if not the entire upcoming season...for LIFE, no, but 50 to 100 games is about right.  MLB should do this to enforce the standards of its players, and this players shouldn´t get any "free passes" with no punishment just because it happened in another league.  MLB has standards of conduct to enforce for its players and its reputation to uphold.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:40 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Severe over reaction by the winter league -- rest of season and all of next?  For what?  He pushed him...  not a closed fist and not the bat in the other hand.  Maybe his open hand pokes the guy in the eye a bit.  Umpire takes a flop; give him a Razzie for horrible acting.

As to MLB -- not their concern.  This got press on a slow baseball news cycle.  Who knows what goes on off season in other countries -- before players make the bigs, while they're under contract in the bigs or after.  MLB just needs to stay out of this.  A simple "no comment" and certainly no action.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:38 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

The best example for kids is to see yourvit placed in handcuffs and arrested for his actions. This is dispicable act by a MLB player and should be addressed with urgency. If a man did is to his wife , girlfriend , boyfriend , etc he would be arrested for domestic assault. This should be treated similary with swift and certain actions

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:28 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

BigFlu, you are TOTALLY incorrect and e2base you are totally correct.  "Losing one´s temper" is a totally invalid excuse.  No umpire, referee, or official in any sport should ever be subject to PHYSICAL contact or assault from a player or coach or manager in response to ANY matter how stupid or bad that call is...NEVER...period.  This is not part of the job description, and players or managers or coaches who violate these rules need to be dealt with harshly...even if the umpire in a terrible troublemaker like "Country" Joe West NEVER is physical assault to be tolerated on a sports official.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:25 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

It will be very difficult for the Rangers and/or MLB to simply ignore this.  To say it's detrimental to the game of baseball, his image, the Ranger's image, and MLB's image, would be accurate.  Unfortunately for him, this is big baseball news right now, and I suspect he will see some sort of fallout because of his bone-headedness... and well deserved too.  Every athlete knows that you don't touch an official, period.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:23 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

This is where collusion would be a good thing in MLB.  The Rangers release him and no other team picks him up.  I'm sure there are a few pro catchers who have the same talent but have yet to get their cup of coffee in the show.  I have a feeling if the Rangers enforce some kind of penalty for this incident, the players union would jump all over it.  Basically, i'd be surprised if anything happens to him at the MLB level, even though something should.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:31 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

YOU ARE WRONG !!  You don't use physical force or hit someone because they called strike three or told you something that hurt your feelings.  The only time you raise your fists is when you are physically threatened.  Please teach YOUR kids this.  There are consequences for YOUR actions when you decide to physically try to harm someone because they SAID something to you.  Period!

A real man walks away from words.  Discipline yourself to do and teach the same.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:30 pm

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

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. This isn't soccer ... a sport where people flop around all the time. Suspend the ref for poor acting as well. 

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