(CARACAS) — Texas Rangers’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended 66 games by the Venezuelan League for striking an umpire.
After striking out, Torrealba started arguing with the home plate umpire before hitting him in the face mask with an open hand.
“I wanted to express my sincere apologies to all parties for my actions during the Venezuelan Winter League game on Friday,” Torrealba said in a statement Monday. “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.”
Torrealba will be suspended for the rest of this season and all of next season in the Venezuelan League.
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