Astros' Yuli Gurriel may face disciplinary action for apparent racially insensitive gesture

Major League Baseball Should Suspend Yuli Gurriel Force Others to Defend the Indefensible

Instead, he'll serve a five-game ban at the beginning of the 2018 season.

Gurriel was in the dugout in the second inning after hitting one out of the park off Yu Darvish when he set his sights on Dodgers pitcher, who is from Japan.

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

Did Yuli Gurriel say chinito while he made that gesture?

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Manfred said Gurriel "expressed remorse" when they met Saturday, adding that he also met with owners and executives from teams and players' union representatives.

Said Manfred: "There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night". The MLB Players Association has announced that Gurriel will not appeal, however. Without talking to him, I'm sure Darvish was a lot more bothered by Houston hitters, including Gurriel, lighting him up than he was by any puerile gestures Gurriel might have made after going yard at Yu's expense. "I sincerely apologise to everyone I offended with my actions". Questioned about that, Manfred said, "I used my best judgment as to where the appropriate disciplinary level fell", Manfred said. I never had any luck against him. I'm sure Darvish did.

"I didn't try to offend anybody", Gurriel told reporters, through a translator.

A Cuba native, Gurriel played 15 seasons in the Cuban National Series and Japan Central League from 2001-16.

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Darvish said he was not angry with Gurriel.

"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions", Luhnow said. He had no intention of offending anyone, but he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions. (I didn't see it, and don't care to.) This touched of a storm from the Indignation-Industrial Complex, and one of its subsidiaries, Major League Baseball. He will be suspended the first five games of next season without pay.

Gurriel will lose $322,581 of his $12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes.

And yet no thoughtful lover of the game of baseball or, for that matter, any fan of the Houston Astros, could come away from game 4 of the World Series, in which we triumphed 5-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, without profoundly mixed feelings. "I know it is offensive to them and they don't like that, but I didn't mean to do it". Once he sat down with his teammates, he make the "slant eye" gesture with his fingers, targeted at Darvish.

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