Astros' Yuli Gurriel suspended five games in 2018, won't miss World Series

Jessica Allison
October 29, 2017

The unpaid suspension will be served at the start of the 2018 season, and Gurriel will not appeal.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred moved swiftly Saturday to discipline Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel for making a racially insensitive gesture in Game 3 of the World Series.

After the game, Gurriel spoke to reporters and confirmed he was indeed mocking Darvish by the gesture, but said he wasn't trying to offend anyone by it.

"I would particularly like to apologise to Yu Darvish, a pitcher I admire and respect".

Gurriel noted that he has played baseball in Japan. "I was commenting to my family that I didn't have any luck against Japanese pitchers here in the United States".

Gurriel hopes to speak with Darvish about what happened.

Darvish was born in Japan, to an Iranian father and a Japanese mother.

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"The Houston Astros were surprised and disappointed by the behavior displayed by Yuli Gurriel during last night's game", Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "In Cuba and other places, instead of saying "Japanese" they say "chinito" for anyone who is Asian", Gurriel attempted to explain.

Manfred disciplined Gurriel a year after the Cubs and Cleveland Indians met in the World Series. The four-time All-Star played professionally in Japan from 2005-11 before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012.

On Saturday, USA Today reported that Gurriel would be suspended for five games in the 2018 season for his actions.

"I see a difference between behavior from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo", he said. "And acting like that, it's just disrespectful to people around the world, to the Houston organization". "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. If he felt offended, I want to apologize to him". The league has suspended players several times in the past for using slurs, including most recently Matt Joyce of the Oakland A's, who was suspended for two days in August for directing an anti-gay slur at a fan who was heckling him.

"Nobody's flawless and everybody is different and then. we just. have to learn from it", he said. He was sent to the Dodgers at this year's July 31 trade deadline.

Later, in a statement released on Twitter, the Iranian-Japanese player seemed more forgiving, adding that "no one is flawless", and while what Gurriel did "isn't right", he believes "we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him".

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