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Yorvit Torrealba Punches Umpire: Punishment Forecast with Babe Ruth as Our Guide

Though Kill the Umpire was a comedy film from 1950, its themes—one of which is violence towards umpires—are all too real.

On Friday, Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba joined an infamous list of players who have punched, struck, spat on or otherwise battered or assaulted umpires during or immediately following a professional baseball game.

Torrealba joins a list of All-Stars and ne’er-do-wells who have committed the cardinal sin of displaying violent conduct against a sports official.

Unfortunately, the list of guilty MLB players and coaches is a lengthy one. From Babe Ruth to Roberto Alomar, Jose Offerman and beyond, many professional baseball players have abhorrently used unjustifiable physical force against an umpire. If the list was expanded to include all sports at all levels, it regrettably might take years to finish reading.

First off, let’s be very clear. What Torrealba did when he struck home plate umpire Dario Rivero Jr. during the eighth inning of the Caribes de Anzoategui vs. Leones del Caracas game is a crime.

Admittedly, Torrealba took just one swipe at the arbiter with an open hand, but in the United States, that would be considered battery and Torrealba would be subject to arrest and prosecution—not to mention the fact that using a fist to strike an umpire’s face mask is slightly less stupid than striking the umpire to begin with.

Speaking of the United States, 21 states currently augment their battery and/or assault laws with enhanced penalties for committing the crime against a sports official engaged in his or her duties.

Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware (second or subsequent offense only), California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho*, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia and the Rangers’ home state of Texas.

However, as professional baseball history indicates, Torrealba will be forgiven for his disgraceful offense.

You may have noticed the words “assault” and “battery” have been paired together above, yet treated as separate offenses. This is because assault and battery often refer to two separate offenses.

As defined by Barron’s Law Dictionary, assault is “an attempt or threat, with unlawful force, to inflict bodily injury upon another, accompanied by the apparent present ability to give effect to the attempt if not prevented.”

An aggravated assault may occur when a dangerous or deadly weapon is used in conjunction with an attempt or threat to unlawfully strike or harm another. 

Barron’s Law Dictionary defines battery as “the unlawful application of force to the person of another.”

In other words, an assault may occur in the absence of physical contact when only a threat or attempt to inflict harm exists, whereas the element of unwanted touching caused by another person must be present for battery to exist.

The following is a brief record of MLB or MiLB players who have assaulted or battered umpires in the past and the lengths of their MLB- or MiLB-imposed suspensions. This list is not all-inclusive.

*Idaho’s assault and battery on sports officials punitive measures derives from Concurrent Resolution No. 32 in March 2011, which states, “local authorities [should] hand out more severe penalties. That would ensure that the fans, especially young children, realize that it is not acceptable to attack an official.”

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Yorvit Torrealba Shoves Umpire in the Face During Winter League Game

Move aside, Roberto Alomar.

If you really want to see how a baseball player disrespects an umpire, check out the video on the next page of Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba getting all up in the grill of home plate umpire Dario Rivera during a winter league game down in Venezuela on Friday.

In the clip, Torrealba obviously takes exception with Rivera’s officiating in a game between Caribbean and Anzoategui Caracas Lions at the Estadio Universitario.

In the bottom of the 8th inning (and his team down 3-2), Torrealba strikes out on a wicked slider from Alex Serrano. He then turns around and yells something at Rivera, who immediately gives Torrealba the thumb.

That’s when the fun begins.

After jawing face-to-face with Rivera for a minute or so, Torrealba takes matters into his own hands. Or should I say, takes the ump’s dome into his own hands and violently shoves him backwards.

At least Torrealba didn’t spit in the ump’s face, a la Alomar a few years back.

Had this happened in a Major League Baseball game, Torrealba would have surely received a hefty suspension and fine.

It’s hard telling what the repercussions will be for the 33-year old, but fellow Latin player Jose Offerman pulled a similar stunt a few years back and was kicked out of the Venezuelan league for life.

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Yorvit Torrealba Smacks Umpire in the Head in Venezuelan Winter League

Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba won’t be having a very merry Christmas after smacking a home-plate umpire in the face during a Venezuelan Winter League loss on Friday night.

Torrealba, a member of the Leones del Caracas squad, lost his cool in the eighth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Caribes de Anzoategui.

The big-league veteran had worked a 2-0 count against right-hander Alex Serrano in his third at-bat of the game before two consecutive pitches were called strikes, much to Torrealba’s dislike.The catcher then struck out swinging on the fifth pitch down below the knees, prompting his tirade.

The 33-year-old immediately spun around and got in Dario Rivero Jr.’s face, yelling at the ump as he calmly rung him up. Rivero put his hands on his hips and didn’t appear to say anything back to Torrealba, who then pushed Rivero in the facemask with his open right hand.

A suspension of some kind is obviously coming Torrealba’s way, although the severity of the punishment is unknown.

Whatever the outcome, the Leones will probably not miss him. He was batting just .246 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI in 17 games in the Caribbean this offseason. He had singled and grounded out back to the mound in his previous two at-bats on Friday night before the ejection.

In 113 Major League Baseball games this season, Torrealba—who was born in Caracas—batted .273 with seven homers and 37 RBI.

Caracas fell to five games below .500 with the defeat, which left them seventh in the eight-team division.

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Yorvit Torrealba Video: Watch Baseball Player Smack Ump in the Face

Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba went berserk during a Venezuelan Winter League game and ended up giving an ump five across the eyes.

A spat of this nature isn’t anything new in baseball, but assaulting an ump in the middle of a game is completely uncalled for.

Bad call or not, smacking an ump upside the head to get his point across was a bad move by Torrealba.

The ump had a mask on, so it’s hard to believe he was too affected by the hit, but by no means was this a benign incident.

Torrealba’s inability to control his rage is embarrassing, and swift action must be taken by the Venezuelan Winter League.

A lifetime ban is in order. There is no excuse for a player coming into contact with an official in a malicious manner, and this went far beyond going chest to chest with the ump.

This was a deliberate assault and the league needs to let it be known that they won’t stand for this intolerable act.

If the calls are so bad that a player thinks smacking around a ref is the only logical action to take, that player has to live with the consequences.

Perhaps the pent up frustration stems from losing the World Series. Perhaps he’s just got anger issues. Regardless of the origin of this hit, it’s safe to say that Torrealba won’t be seeing any VWL games any time soon, if ever.


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Fantasy Baseball: 10 Players off Waivers To Help You Down the Stretch

Fantasy baseball managers are all looking for that one missing piece to put their team over the edge and into the playoffs. However, it is much easier to try to find a diamond in the rough than it is to actually find that diamond.

Nevertheless, here are 10 players (one from each fielding position, one starting pitcher, and one relief pitcher) who have the best chance of both being available in your league and helping you dominate the end of the season.

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Texas Rangers: A Couple of Nice, Small Moves for the Team

Coming off a season in which the Rangers went to the World Series for the first time in franchise history, the team has made a couple of small moves that should improve, if only slightly, the 2011 squad.

Specifically, they signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba for two years for a total of $6.25 million, and they also signed right-hander Japanese reliever Yoshinori Tatekama to an undisclosed one-year deal with club options for 2012 and 2013.

These are small moves, indeed, but they are good moves. The Rangers improve at two positions (catcher and bullpen) where they need improvement, and neither move cost them much.

You pretty much know what you can expect from Torrealba: A veteran presence, decent defense and acceptable offense for a catcher. He won’t win any pennants by himself, but the odds are good that he will be well worth the money he’ll get under this contract.

The biggest knocks on Tateyama are that he’s old (35 in 2011) and he’s been inconsistent in his Japanese NPB career: 1.80 ERA in 2010, but a distinctly unimpressive 3.43 career ERA. Nevertheless, I like his chances for 2011 sucess.

First, no one in MLB has seen him pitch, which is almost always an advantage for a pitcher. Second, his peripheral numbers the last three seasons in Japan suggest he’s a better pitcher than his ERAs necessarily indicate and he’s also got MLB-worthy command.

Finally, mid-30′s Japanese relievers have had more success in the U.S. than mid-30′s Japanese starters, most likely because the relievers don’t face any hitter in the line-up more than once. I don’t know what Tateyama cost the Rangers, but I suspect the guaranteed amount is more than reasonable, given his potential upside.

Deals like these won’t build a pennant winner, but assuming the Rangers retain most of the true stars who got them to the postseason in 2010, these moves make the 2011 Rangers just a little bit stronger.

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Brad Snyder Hits an RBI Single in the Ninth, Chicago Cubs Beat San Diego Padres

Since the September call-up, the Cubs rookie outfielder Brad Snyder has had the privilege of enjoying two double-RBI games in his first eight major league games.  On Thursday afternoon, he reached another level of enjoyment by hitting out first game-winning RBI. 

His single in the ninth inning generated the winning run for the Chicago Cubs who took the four-game series finale with a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in PETCO Park.  With the win, the visitors snapped their two-series losing streak and dimmed the Padres’ chance to make the playoffs.

Both teams’ pitching staffs performed creditably, especially for both starting pitchers, Tom Gorzelanny and Jon Garland who formed an outstanding pitching dual witnessed by a crowd of 28,576 in the last getaway day of the 2010 season.

Gorzelanny returned to his top form after a few disappointing recent outings.  The southpaw tossed six scoreless innings scattering three hits with three strikeouts and four walks. 

A couple of great defensive plays helped him to pass through those innings clean.    

In the second, Yorvit Torrealba led off with a single but with one out, Gorzelanny picked him off, and threw him out at second in a base-stealing attempt.  He gave up another single to Chase Headley, but stranded him at first.

In the sixth, the hurler gave up back-to-back walks to David Eckstein and Miguel Tejada.  He then forced Adrian Gonzalez to hit a 6-3 double play which crossed out Tejada at second.  Moving to third, Eckstein became the only Padre who reached as far as third base in the game.  But he was not sent home after Ryan Ludwick hit an inning-ending fly-out to center-field.

The other game starter, Garland, pitched hard to help his team to close gap with the NL West leaders, the San Francisco Giants who procured their fourth victory in a row against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the same day. 

Garland had already recorded a win against the Cubs in Wrigley Field on August 17, when he pitched seven scoreless innings.  He had the similar line today but did not get the win for his team.

Since allowing a single to lead-off Blake DeWitt in the first, he retired 14 consecutive Cubs before issuing a walk to Alfonso Soriano in the fifth.  He left the game after blanking the Cubs in 6.1 innings on four hits and striking out eight with a walk.

The Cubs scored the game-winning run in the ninth. 

The Padres closer, Heath Bell (6-1), replaced Mike Adams and gave up a lead-off single to Aramis Ramirez who was then substituted by pinch-runner Darwin Barney.  Xavier Nady followed with a sacrifice bunt which sent the potential go-ahead run to second.  Having struck out twice in three previous at bats, Snyder hit a high-bound groundball that passed between shortstop and third base to left field to tally Barney.

Sean Marshall (7-5) who relieved Andrew Cashner in the eighth inning was credited with the win.  Carlos Marmol retired the side in the ninth including striking out Gonzalez and Ludwick for his 37th save of the year, his 15th straight in as many save situations.

The Cubs left San Diego after the game for Houston where they will play their last series of the year against the Astros.  Meanwhile, the Padres will start their do-or-die series tomorrow in San Francisco as they skid to three games behind the Giants in the NL West standings.

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