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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: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

This is what happens when we allow our inner child to play in a man's world...punk move. MLB needs to make sure that this carries over...20 games.




Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

He should get 20 games in MLB



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

It should carry over to the MLB season. No reason for that AT ALL in ANY sport.
But it will soon be forgotten.......Bobby Alomar spit in the face of an umpire and
everyone fawned over how great a player he was when he was elected to the Hall
Of Fame. 



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

There is no reason MLB shouldn't suspend him for this.  Goddell would do it in a heartbeat.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

The Rangers or MLB should suspend this guy as well. Nobody needs this type of behavior is sports.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

>>>You ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NEVER PUT YOUR HANDS ON ANY OFFICIAL.

Frankly, people should never be allowed to put their hands on anybody in such a violent manner. For athletes - automatic one year suspension if they do, no appeal.

And that includes hockey!



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

He should be shot on site.  You ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NEVER PUT YOUR HANDS ON ANY OFFICIAL.  MLB SHOULD SUSPEND HIM FOREVER BEFORE HE DOES THAT TO ONE OF THEIR UMPIRES.  THE WORLD UMPIRES ASSOCIATION SHOULD HAVE THIS GUY BLACKBALLED BY ANY LEAGUE THEIR UMPIRES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR. PERIOD!


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