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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: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

He is just another reason I am begining to walk away from sports.   It also proves that money can't buy ya class................Look at the NBA and NFL.. same thing




Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

I wonder what the umpire said before Torrealba hit him that caused him to snap.

Rocker1018, I'd like to know what Torrealba said to the umpire to have him thrown out of the game. It was only then that Torrealba went nose to nose with the umpire and then eventually he shoved him in the mask and face.  MLB has not dealt with winter league suspensions so it is up the the Rangers to take any disciplinary action. From the reaction of most fans he'll probably have to sit out a few games at the beginning of the season. If the Rangers do anything less, it will leave a bad taste for many baseball fans. I am surprised some sort of legal action wasn't taken by the government of Venezuela. In any event, he won't be playing winter ball for awhile.

It could have been worse. A punch, a kick, a hit or swing with the bat undoubtedly could have ended his career in MLB. Although there is no place in baseball for the assault, I don't think a lifetime ban is warranted unless he has a history of violence in the sport.

Torrealba should have never took the swing but I feel umpires believe they can make any comment they want and are bulletproof. Some of these guys push players (and managers) on purpose and say things they know will set them off just so they can have the thrill of ejecting someone.

Words are one thing, actions are an entirely different matter. There is no excuse for what he (Torrealba) did. Period!



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Robbie Alomar is PISSED!!




Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

The umpire will make one phone call and Torrealbe will kidnapped.



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

"Would have loved to have that mic'd to see if he said someone derogatory or racially inflammatory. It is Venezuela, so it wouldn't surprise me."

Nice comment Rocker. 
First you decry racially inflammatory speech.  Then the very next sentence, you claim that Venezuelans are known for racism.  That's very funny.  We all know that out of all the hate crimes and bigotry in the history of the planet, Venezuelan Baseball Umpires are at the top of the list!  It's about time someone exposed the real source of mankind's problems: Venezuelan Umps!  You may be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize next year for the courage to expose these Venezuelans. It's about time that someone did.



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

Suspended? Boloney! He should be kicked out of MLB as well as Hugo's league. That's just bush.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

I wonder what the umpire said before Torrealba hit him that caused him to snap. Would have loved to have that mic'd to see if he said someone derogatory or racially inflammatory. It is Venezuela, so it wouldn't surprise me. Torrealba should have never took the swing but I feel umpires believe they can make any comment they want and are bulletproof. Some of these guys push players (and managers) on purpose and say things they know will set them off just so they can have the thrill of ejecting someone.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

I think there is a lot MLB can do. It doesn’t matter that this was in a Venezuelan league. Assault is assault, and to an umpire it is outrageous and needs to be dealt with.

I would be quite surprised and shocked if MLB takes a pass on this. This is the kind of thing that MLB HAS to take a stand on. Not only should there be a suspension, but MLB has to insist this guy do some anger management. If a player attacks someone in a bar, it would be the same thing: MLB should step in and do something to police thugs like this.




Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

There is no reason MLB shouldn't suspend him for this.
There a chance that MLB won't suspend him for it happen in another league, MLB don't have a say what happen in Venezuelan baseball leagues. If Torrealba get suspend by the Rangers or MLB I be really surprised, I don't think either can do much.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

I'm not saying it is ok to hit the ump, but dude, the ump acted he got hit in the face with the actual bat.

Relax, man.


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