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

29 October 2017, 01:34 | Kristopher Drake

An Astros Player Appeared To Make A Racist Gesture After Hitting A Home Run In The World Series

Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance Mc Cullers Jr. looks on during a practice for a World Series baseball game Thursday Oct. 26 2017 in Houston Texas. Mc Cullers will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 Friday

Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is facing possible punishment after making a racist gesture during the World Series. After hitting a home run off of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who is part Japanese, Gurriel returned to the dugout and used his fingers to pull back the corners of his eyes and mouthed "chinito", a typically derogatory Spanish term for Asians which means "little Chinese boy".

Some top sports columnists urged Manfred to suspend Gurriel immediately while others said he should be let off the hook.

ABC News reports that an Major League Baseball spokesman said they are aware of the situation and "the Commissioner intends to speak with the player".

Commissioner Manfred added, "There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night.There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable".

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

"I didn't want to offend anybody".

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

"Yesterday I was commenting that I'd never had any success against Darvish, and the gesture was saying that I wish he would look at me like one of them and maybe he'd throw me an easy pitch so I can do something".

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"I've never had anything against Darvish", Gurriel said.

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

Darvish played professionally in Japan from 2005 to 2011 before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012.

Darvish said he was not angry with Gurriel.

"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behaviour and is extremely remorseful for his actions". I didn't think anybody would think about what I meant in that way.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow supported MLB's decision of a five-game suspension for the 2018 season.

Robert Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, is expected to meet with Gurriel today, and also to decide whether and how much to punish him for the Two Things. Even if he had been handed a suspension for the Series, Gurriel would have been entitled to an appeal, which likely would have delayed his sentence until after the series had concluded anyways.

Gurriel will lose $322,581 of his $12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.

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