Texas Rangers Catcher Torrealba Strikes Umpire
Major Penalty Is In Order
By Dell Hill
video you’re about to see is a never-to-be-forgotten moment in time for
Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba. A huge fine and substantial
suspension are in order.
Here’s the report of this ugly incident, as written by Mark Townsend
Torrealba Involved In Ugly Incident
“Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba
has always played the game of baseball with a lot of fire and a lot
passion. Unfortunately, the 11 year big league veteran took that fire
and passion too far while playing for Leones del Caracas of the
Venezuelan League on Friday.
Torrealba took an ugly cut at a breaking ball and missed for strike
three, he immediately began a heated discussion with home plate umpire
Dario Rivero, Jr over a disputed strike call earlier in the at-bat. The
two men jawed face-to-face for a good fifteen seconds before Torrealba
struck the umpire in the face mask with the palm of his hand and pushed
Here's video of the incident from the Venezuelan League broadcast on Friday afternoon. The punch will come 35 seconds in.
to say this is an inexcusable and disgusting display by a guy I've
always respected for his passion, but even more so for his high
character and leadership on and off field. To see this happen with any
professional baseball player would be startling, but for it to be Yorvit
Torrealba is absolutely stunning.
no doubt baseball can get the best of even the very best on any given
day, but whatever explanation and apology Torrealba comes up will simply
not be good enough. It's a very sad and very disappointing situation.
There's no other way for me to put it.”
Bottom Line: Having umpired baseball up to the semi-pro level, I’ve
been involved in many a good old-fashioned “war of words” with players,
coaches and managers over the years, but I’ve never come close to having
anyone take a swing at me during (or after) a game. Arguing calls is
natural. It’s expected. It’s part of the game. Winning at the
professional level is vitally important and, in the heat of battle,
arguments are going to happen.
there’s an invisible line drawn between umpires and everyone else on
the field and throwing a punch to the face of an umpire is so far over
that line it’s difficult to comprehend. Until now, I’ve never seen
anyone actually take that kind of swing at an ump.
a cooling off period, I suspect that league officials will administer
an extremely heavy fine, along with a suspension of considerable length.
Perhaps a hundred thousand dollar fine and a 50 game suspension would
convince Mr. Torrealba to never again raise his hand to an umpire.
a penalty would have no effect on Torrealba’s status with the Texas
Rangers, but you can certainly bet the rent money that Rangers
management is looking in to this incident closely, and American League
umpires have already taken note. An official warning from Major League
Baseball may very well be issued.
If there’s a “next time”, Torrealba’s career in pro baseball should come to an instant end.