Houston Astros Player Under Fire for Racist Gesture

Gurriel will not be suspended during the World Series, and will instead serve his ban at the beginning of next season. Further, delaying the suspension would give Gurriel his full right to appeal.

Darvish initially said he was angry when he found out what Gurriel had done, but later issued a statement on Twitter asking people to forgive Gurriel.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the league intends to speak with Gurriel.

"There is no place in our game for the behavior, or any behavior we witnessed last night", Manfred said in a press conference before Game 4.

Gurriel was born in Cuba and played there and in Japan in 2014 before coming to Major League Baseball a year ago. "Quite the opposite. I have always had a lot of respect [for Japanese people]. If he felt offended, I want to apologize to him".

After the game, Gurriel answered for his actions through an interpreter.

"I see a difference between behavior from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo", he said. "That includes both you and I. What he had done today isn't right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him".


"He handled this in as classy a way as a player possibly could something as negative as this", Manfred said of Darvish.

Gurriel said on Friday that it's common in Cuba to use the word "chinito" to describe someone of Asian heritage, although he admitted he realizes it is considered offensive in Japan. He said he knows the Japanese are offended by it because he played in Japan in 2014.

Gurriel was seated in the dugout when he appeared to make a "slant eyes" gesture.

"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions". Manfred also said it was important for Gurriel to take a hit in the salary department, and that only happens during the regular season.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow supported MLB's decision of a five-game suspension for the 2018 season. He had no intention of offending anyone, but he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions. I didn't think anybody would think about what I meant in that way.

But neither the Astros nor the Major League Baseball Players Association are likely to go for that.

His Astros have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Dodgers.


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