Torrealba and the Shove Heard Round the World (Video)

When I first read about former Rockies Catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s 66 game suspension and the fact that he got it for “pushing” an umpire, i felt the punishment was way over the top.  Players only get suspended 50 games for their first offense on being caught for performance-enhancing drugs, so how can pushing an umpire rank worse than that?  Then i thought that maybe it was the way things were in Venezuela, that penalties were more harsh than here.

I finally saw the video and, while i still think that 66 games is too steep, I can completely understand the need to bring down a harsh punishment.  As I was watching it I kept waiting for him to “push” the ump.  I thought it wouldn’t be that bad.  When I finally saw him “SHOVE” the umpire extremely hard, in his face, it completely stopped my breath.  Expecting a push and seeing a violent shove sure changed my perspective on the subject.  He later apologized:

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.

Take a look and see if you agree with 66 game suspension, or if you feel it should be more/less.

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9 years ago

I think Yorvit deserves a harsh penalty. I would like to see what exactly set him off. I believe he disagreed with a strike call earlier and I would have liked to seen how egregiously bad that call must have been to set him off.

9 years ago

I tried to comment late last night and I had not yet registered as a Roxwalkoff user. I was too tired. Now before I go out this evening and really get too tired I thought I would throw my two cents in. I think Yorvit deserves more of a penalty than he received. 66 games is a lot, but it’s 66 games in winter ball if I’m correct. Not sure what the players union will say. Actually I’m pretty sure… Read more »

9 years ago

Torrealba was actually upset about the called strike 2.

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