Gurriel banned five games in 2018 for racist gesture

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Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is facing possible punishment after making a racist gesture during the World Series.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale first reported Gurriel's suspension.

For his part, Darvish called the gesture "disrespectful" after the game, and pointed out that "Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans" too.

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.

Manfred said the commissioner's office and players association are in agreement that "there is no place in our game" for Gurriel's actions. The MLB Players Association has announced that Gurriel will not appeal, however. "Quite the opposite. I have always had a lot of respect [for Japanese people]".

"I didn't want to offend anybody".

Forcing him to sit out a game would be painful for both Gurriel's teammates and their fans, both of whom would be deprived of his superb talents at the plate and in the field.

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"The Houston Astros were surprised and disappointed by the behaviour shown by Yuli Gurriel during last night's game", an Astros statement read. I never do great with Japanese pitchers and tonight I did!

"He has handled this entire hard situation in an exemplary way", Manfred said of Darvish.

"I did not mean it to be offensive at any point..." Moreover, he writes, "even racist-looking gestures, like the one Gurriel made, aren't made with the same level of vitriol". Plus, I know in Japan that offends them.

Yuli Gurriel and Yu Darvish. Matt Joyce of the Oakland Athletics and Kevin Pillar of the Toronto Blue Jays each were suspended two games this season for using anti-gay slurs. "I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game".

Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a written statement that Gurriel's forfeited salary will be donated "to the Astros Foundation and to a charity directly supporting diversity efforts". He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions. I didn't think anybody would think about what I meant in that way.

Gurriel's homerun contributed to a 5-3 Astros win, which gave them a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers in the World Series.

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