Gurriel banned five games in 2018 for racist gesture

Gurriel banned five games in 2018 for racist gesture

Javier Howell
October 29, 2017

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. He will not appeal the suspension.

Manfred said part of his decision to not suspend Gurriel during the World Series was because he felt it was unfair to punish the other Astros players.

Darvish initially said he was angry when he found out what Gurriel had done, but later issued a statement on Twitter asking people to forgive Gurriel.

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". If the Major League Baseball imposes no punishment on Gurriel for them, the implicit message will be that they are. "Quite the opposite. I have always had a lot of respect [for Japanese people]". "I sincerely apologise to everyone I offended with my actions". The punishment came a day after Gurriel's actions toward the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher during Game 3.

"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, " Gurriel said, according to USA Today.

The Cuban-born Gurriel pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish during Houston's 5-3 win Friday night. After the game, everyone said all the right things, especially Darvish, who really took the high road.

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"I did not mean it to be offensive at any point", Gurriel said, via ESPN. The commissioner said they were unanimous that Gurriel's actions were indefensible. "I played in Japan".

"We support [MLB's] decision of a five-game suspension for the 2018 season".

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".

It is believed the Major League Baseball Players Assn. opposed a suspension during the World Series. "I know it is offensive to them and they don't like that, but I didn't mean to do it".

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