Incident reportedly did not lead to trade
ESPN.com news services
An incident during which Antonio Alfonseca ran and hid from a professional wrestler -- who also happens to be the Marlins' conditioning coach -- did not lead to the closer's departure from the team, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported on Thursday.
The Sun-Sentinel reported on Saturday that Alfonseca cursed out Dale Torborg -- the son of Marlins manager Jeff Torborg -- in a weight room during the second week of spring training.
Alfonseca, who was required to monitor his weight daily with the Marlins, angrily protested a weigh-in request, cursing in Spanish, according to the newspaper. Torborg asked him to settle down, witnesses told the newspaper, and to get on the scales. Alfonseca then cursed Torborg, who is also known as "The Demon" in professional wrestling circles.
Several witnesses told the newspaper that Torborg became so angry that he went after Alfonseca, who had gone into a nearby area. Dale Torborg, who is 6-feet-6 and 270 pounds, could be heard screaming to Alfonseca that if he disrespected him again in such a manner, Torborg would physically harm him, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Alfonseca, no slouch himself at 6-5 and 258 pounds, was apparently so shaken by Torborg's response that he fled down the hall to a trainer's office and locked the door, according to witnesses. Torborg shouted at Alfonseca to open the door, but Alfonseca would not. Eventually others interfered and the incident ended without any punches being thrown.
The Marlins had asked Alfonseca to lose 15 pounds to help to relieve stress on his back. Alfonseca had surgery on Oct. 5 to repair a herniated disc.
Alfonseca was traded by the Marlins to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday as part of a six-player deal. Baseball sources told the Sun-Sentinel that the incident with Torborg did not contribute to the reasons for the trade. Dale Torborg met with his father and pitching coach Brad Arnsberg and discussed the incident, and Alfonseca met with the coaches later, according to the newspaper. The pitcher and Dale Torborg have reportedly not had any problems since.
Alfonseca had shown up on time each morning for workouts and weighed in daily without being asked, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
I'm not even close to as big as the Octopus is. I know if i had someone like the Demon screaming and yelling at me for something stupid i said then i know i would sure as hell be a bit frightened. He's a lot bigger than me!
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I am the JOBBER TO THE STARS. You better remember that.
I must agree with Ser on this one. As wrestling fans we may not appreciate Torborg's... ahem... "talents", but in reality anybody 6'6", 270 lbs. is too big for me (and most everyone I know)to tangle with. Flight can be MUCH better than fight.
How easy does Torborg have it though? Last year he followed daddy Jeff to Montreal. Now daddy Jeff goes to Florida and takes sonny-boy along. I sure wish my dad was a MLB manger who loved the concept of nepotism.
They discussed this on teh ESPN morning show. I only heard parts and supposedly Dibble was on to talk about it.
I hope Ron brings it up again on Dan's show later.
"The best reason for committing loathsome & detestable acts -and let's face it, I am considerably something of an expert in the field - is purely for their own sake. Monetary gain is all very well, but it dilutes the tastes of wickedness to a lower level that is obtainable by anyone will an overdeveloped sense of avarice. True and baseless evil is as rare as the purest good - and we all know how rare THAT is." - Acheron Hades, THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jaspar Fforde
Well really, if you look at the guy, he does seem pretty qualified to be a strength coach. He may have sucked ass in the ring, but he obviously must know his way around a gym.
"You used it to shove your miserable daughter down our throats week in and week out...not anymore!" - Ric Flair gives me hope, Raw 3/18/02
"I thought it was cool how HHH just tossed Jericho out of the ring and made him vanish, possibly into another dimension, at the end of the match." - Dr. Unlikely says the funniest thing I've ever read on Wienerville.
I really didn't think they would do this until a new GM was in place, but I have no problem with it either. John McLaren might be a good baseball guy and bench coach, but he was not a good manager and that was clear early on in his tenure.