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Rangers looking into Yorvit Torrealba incident

Dec 24, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

Yorvit Torrealba AP AP

Footage of Yorvit Torrealba‘s attack on home plate umpire Dario Rivero, Jr. in the Venezuelan Winter League spread like wildfire last night, so naturally it didn’t take long for word to reach the Rangers.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he is aware of the incident and plans to look into it.

“[We're] aware, but we haven’t gotten much info yet,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “We will look into it.”

Asked whether Torrealba could face any sort of punishment for what happened in a non-MLB game, Daniels said, “Depends on circumstances.”

Torrealba joined the Rangers last November on a two-year, $6.25 million contract. The 33-year-old backstop split time behind the plate with Mike Napoli this past season, batting .273/.306/.399 with seven homers, 37 RBI and a .705 OPS over 419 plate appearances.

  1. woodyqq2 - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Merry Christmas to the Rangers. At least it is not as bad as Penn States Present

  2. mvpolamalu - Dec 24, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Maybe now the rangers will realize how much better mike napoli is

  3. Old Gator - Dec 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    ….and what a great ambassador for Coca-Cola Torrealba is. If I were Pepsi, I’d run that video eighteen times a game broadcast.

  4. dondada10 - Dec 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    I think Yorvit should be more concerned with what Selig thinks about the circumstances than what Jon Daniels does.

  5. baseballisboring - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Can’t imagine they’d suspend their backup catcher for something that happened in a Venezuelan winter league. They’ll probably touch base with him and say “Hey…don’t smack any umps” and it’ll be over with.

    • icanspeel - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:49 PM

      He represents MLB and it is the equivalent of an off field incident, but depending how close the Venezuelan winter league is with MLB it could be considered an on field incident and he should get some sort of punishment. Regardless of where it was, it was assault.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        Well yeah, I’m not disagreeing. Maybe MLB does something, I just don’t think the Rangers would.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    I’d really like to know what the ump said to him. I’m not defending what Torrealba did but what was said had to have been pretty bad to get a reaction like that.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 24, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      He probably said “if you wouldn’t have swung at that shitty pitch I would have called it a ball.”

    • randygnyc - Dec 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM

      He could have called his mother a dirty whore. Still, words are NEVER a reason to assault someone at work, presumably in front of kids.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM

        No, not a reason, but definitely an explanation. Players like Torrealba don’t do this sort of stuff completely unprovoked.

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