Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba is doing the winter ball thing in Venezuela, and apparently the warm climate is only managing to anger up Torrealba’s blood, as witnessed by this heated argument he has with the home plate umpire during Friday’s Caracas/Caribes game.
After a horrible looking swing on strike three, the Caracas catcher turned and started jawing with umpire Dario Rivero Jr. over a disputed strike call earlier in the at-bat. As with most player/umpire arguments, the pair were nose-to-nose, expletives and spit a flying, until Torrealba went and slapped/shoved Rivero in the face.
Video of the incident follows the jump (skip to the 0:58 second mark for the open-hand smack)…
Can’t imagine this will sit well with the Venezuelan Winter League officials. Bumping, slapping, or shoving an umpire, no matter what level of baseball it is, is inexcusable. Don’t know what kind of punishment Torrealba can expect, but hopefully it’s swift and fitting of such a despicable act.
[Big H/T to BBTIA]