Torrealba pleads for peace in Venezuela

Torrealba pleads for peace in Venezuela

DENVER -- The bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon brought home the point that the sports world isn't immune from world events. Some players from other countries know this better than most in the U.S. That's why Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba took to Twitter on Tuesday.

Violence erupted in Torrealba's home country after a disputed presidential election. The BBC is reporting that the country's attorney general said at least seven were dead in protests, and various news services say the unrest is nationwide. Tensions remain high after Venezuelan president-elect Nicolas Maduro banned a rally by the opposition planned for Wednesday.

In Spanish, Torrealba called for peace in his tweets:

"My people, I make a call for peace on my homeland, please!!!!

"I don't [take sides] with neither political side, I'm on the side of my brothers, who are all of Venezuela. All I ask for is that whatever happens, no one gets hurt."

"I only want the best for my beautiful Venezuela, it's all."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.