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Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:48 pm
 

Cespedes hits first homer in Dominican Republic

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Until Wednesday night there hadn't been too much to write about Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes' stint in the Dominican winter league, but the Rhiner Cruz threw him a 97 mph fastball in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game.

What happened then? Watch.



Cespedes finished 1 for 4 on the night and is now 3 for 23 (.130) with six strikeouts, while being hit by a pitch as Aguilas' designated hitter.

There are plenty of questions about Cespedes, but the guy certainly has some power -- and a heck of a bat flip.

The Cubs are thought to be the leader to sign Cespedes, with the Marlins second  and the field a distant third.

H/T: Baseball America

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Cespedes says 6 teams showing 'a lot' of interest

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes told Dominican reporter Dionisio Soldevilia (via Twitter) that the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers and Indians have "a lot of interest" in signing him.

Cespedes made his Dominican Winter League debut on Thursday night, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch for Aguilas. Cespedes served as the team's DH and batted fifth in the team's 6-4 loss. Aguilas plays again Friday night.

It was Cespedes' first competitive game since last April when he played in Cuba's Serie Nacional. While the performance couldn't help Cespedes' bargaining power, it shouldn't hurt it too much. It is, as they say, a small sample size.

H/T Hardball Talk.

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

Yorvit Torrealba receives lengthy Venezuelan ban

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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Posted on: December 23, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 10:48 am
 

Rangers' Torrealba hits umpire in Venezuela

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba may be facing a long suspension -- or more -- in his native Venezuela after striking an umpire during a game for Leones del Caracas on Friday.

Here's the video, with Torrealba hitting Dario Rivero Jr., around the 1:00 mark.

Torrealba was ejected after striking out swinging in the eighth inning. Torrealba is hitting .246/.290/.333 in 17 games for Leones.

"[We're] aware, but we haven't got much info yet," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We will look into it."

When asked by the paper if there could be further disciplinary action against Torrealba for his actions in a non-MLB game, Daniels said it "depends on the circumstances."

H/T: Hardball Talk

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Ramirez hoping to play winter ball

Manny RamirezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Manny Ramirez may be retired from Major League Baseball, but he may not be done with (lowercase b) baseball. Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas that he was planning on playing in the Dominican winter league.

"Now I'm getting ready to defend the 21st crown of the Aguilas," Ramirez told Rojas.

Ramirez wouldn't answer questions about his departure from MLB.

A spokesman for Aguilas said the team hasn't had any "direct contact" with Ramirez.

"It would be great if he comes back so that the Dominican fans can see him before his definite retirement from baseball," Luichy Sanchez, from Aguilas' office of baseball operations, told Rojas.

Ramirez said he's currently in Miami fishing and playing golf.

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