Astros' Gurriel suspended for racist gesture at LA's Darvish

Astros' Gurriel suspended for racist gesture at LA's Darvish

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Saturday that he was suspending Gurriel without pay for five games at the start of next season, and said he chose to delay the suspension because he didn't think it would be fair to penalize Gurriel's teammates by suspending the first baseman - who is hitting.340 this postseason - from any World Series games. Gurriel may be punished, including a possible suspension during the World Series.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was "surprised and disappointed" by Gurriel's behavior and supported Manfred's decision.

Darvish called the gesture "disrespectful", but he also said he wasn't angry with Gurriel.

But Gurriel reiterated in a private meeting with Manfred that he intended no disrespect - comments that he echoed through an interpreter after Friday's game. If the Major League Baseball imposes no punishment on Gurriel for them, the implicit message will be that they are. "I didn't try to offend anybody". Expect Gurriel to be hitting fifth and playing first base, as usual.

Gurriel explained that he was joking with his teammates about how he felt like the home run was the result of Darvish deciding to pitch to him as if he were also Japanese, which doesn't really make any of this any better or less offensive. I never had any luck against him. I've never had anything against Darvish. I don't want to offend him or anybody in Japan. Right now, there are millions of kids watching Gurriel's Two Things on YouTube and wondering whether, as Darvish might put it, such actions are okay.

After the game, Gurriel-who actually played professionally in Japan in 2014-apologized. "I would also like to apologise to the Dodgers organisation, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game". He signed a five-year deal with the Astros in July 2016 and appeared in 36 games last season. "The Astros will donate Yuli's salary for these five games in equal parts to the Astros Foundation and to a charity directly supporting diversity efforts".

Gurriel made the mocking gesture after hitting a second inning homerun off of Darvish.

"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions". "But I was in Japan and I know they are offended by that". He had no intention of offending anyone, but he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions.

The Astros lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 set for Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

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