Skip to content

Yorvit Torrealba appealed his winter league suspension. To an actual court of law. And won.

Dec 17, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Yorvit Torrealba AP AP

A year ago, Yorvit Torrealba was playing for Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League. On December 23 he was suspended for hitting an umpire. Like, straight out smacking him while arguing a call. For his transgression he was suspended for 66 games. Per the suspension, he would have been eligible again this coming January 3rd.

There’s an update to all of that. The source is a Spanish language newspaper, but reader Francisco Colmenares read it and gives us the upshot, which is really something:

Now get this: he appealed to a civilian court that his rights under the constitution had been violated. specifically two articles (26 and 49) that guarantee the right to due process and the right to defend himself. The court agreed with him and overturned the league decision.

Can you imagine if that happened here?

Latest Posts
  1. Giants pull off a victory-by-committee

    Oct 26, 2014, 1:05 AM EDT

    Some quick notes from Saturday’s Game 4.

  2. Giants rout Royals 11-4 in Game 4 to even up the World Series at 2-2

    Oct 26, 2014, 12:09 AM EDT

    2014 World Series Game 4: Kansas City Royals v. San Francisco Giants 2014 World Series Game 4: Kansas City Royals v. San Francisco Giants

    The Giants scored 10 unanswered runs against the Royals en route to an 11-4 win in Game 4 of the World Series. The series is now tied at 2-2 going into Sunday’s Game 5.

  3. Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt come through to put Giants up 7-4 going into the seventh

    Oct 25, 2014, 11:08 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval Pablo Sandoval

    Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt came through for the Giants in the bottom of the sixth to put the Giants up 7-4 over the Royals going into the seventh inning.

  4. Giants fight back to tie Game 4 of the World Series at 4-4

    Oct 25, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence Hunter Pence

    The Giants rallied against Jason Vargas and the Royals’ bullpen to tie Game 4 of the World Series at 4-4.

  5. Joe Maddon prepared to sit out the 2015 season to find the right opportunity

    Oct 25, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon may not manage in 2015 as he wants to wait for the right opportunity to take over a new team.

  6. Royals bat around in the third inning, take a 4-1 lead against the Giants

    Oct 25, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    The Royals rallied and now lead the Giants 4-1 in Game 4 of the World Series.

  7. Report: Montreal will host spring training games in 2015

    Oct 25, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 9.24.43 AM AP

    Montreal will host some more spring training games next year with the Blue Jays taking on the Reds.

  8. Giants leading Royals 1-0 early in Game 4 of the World Series

    Oct 25, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Gregor Blanco Gregor Blanco

    The Giants took a 1-0 lead over the Royals in the first inning thanks to Gregor Blanco’s speed.

  9. Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton win the Hank Aaron Award

    Oct 25, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Mike Trout

    Mike Trout and Giancarlo Stanton are your winners of the 2014 Hank Aaron Award.

  10. Bruce Bochy sticking with Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson for World Series Games 6 and 7

    Oct 25, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Jake Peavy will start Game 6 and Tim Hudson will start Game 7 if the World Series extends that far.

  11. Mo’ne Davis to throw out the first pitch before World Series Game 4

    Oct 25, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    mo'ne davis getty Getty Images

    Mo’ne Davis will throw out the first pitch before the start of Game 4 of the World Series between the Royals and Giants on Saturday night.

  12. Mets reliever Jeurys Familia undergoes hernia surgery

    Oct 25, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jeurys Familia Getty Getty Images

    This is the second hernia surgery in the back-end of the Mets’ bullpen since the end of the season, as closer Jenrry Mejia had his earlier this month.

  13. World Series, Game 4: Royals vs. Giants lineups

    Oct 25, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

    Ryan Vogelsong AP AP

    Jason Vargas vs. Ryan Vogelsong.

  14. David Wright says rehab from shoulder injury is going well

    Oct 25, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    David Wright AP AP

    Wright is expected to be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks and hopes to avoid surgery.

  15. Report: Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has discussed moving the team to Montreal

    Oct 25, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT

    tropicana field getty Getty Images

    Sternberg has reportedly had discussions “with wealthy Wall Street associates” about moving the Rays to Montreal.

  16. Pirates acquire Justin Sellers from Indians

    Oct 25, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

    Justin Sellers Getty Getty Images

    The Pirates also designated right-handers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

  17. Dave Dombrowski on Miguel Cabrera: “It’s worse than what we ever would have anticipated”

    Oct 25, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera AP AP

    We learned yesterday that Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his foot. Everyone was caught off guard by the extent of his injuries.

Featured video

When home-field advantage isn't so
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. T. Lincecum (3094)
  2. M. Morse (2575)
  3. M. Bumgarner (2515)
  4. J. Shields (2015)
  5. Y. Cespedes (1667)
  1. H. Pence (1601)
  2. A. Wainwright (1542)
  3. A. Escobar (1537)
  4. L. Cain (1533)
  5. B. Butler (1532)