Yuli Gurriel apologizes for Yu Darvish gesture, but faces Major League Baseball discipline

Moreover, he writes, "even racist-looking gestures, like the one Gurriel made, aren't made with the same level of vitriol".

Gurriel started a huge second inning for the Houston Astros launching a solo home run to left field off Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish.

In announcing the suspension, the commissioner offered four reasons why Gurriel would not be forced to miss any time for the remainder of the World Series.

Though he wasn't scheduled to address the media like this prior to Game 4, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred took the podium to discuss the situation surrounding Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel on Saturday afternoon in Minute Maid Park. "But it was my best judgment that this timing was appropriate". I wanted the burden of this discipline to fall primarily on the wrongdoer.

"The Houston Astros were surprised and disappointed by the behavior displayed by Yuli Gurriel during last night's game". He also used the term "chinito", which is derogatory Spanish term that roughly translates to "little Chinese boy" (Gurriel is Cuban). "I deeply regret it", Gurriel said in a statement.

He made similar comments to ESPN, adding that he has "a lot of respect" for Japanese people and "never had anything against" Darvish. Gurriel played in Japan in 2014 and claimed he was joking with teammates about his prior lack of success against Japanese pitchers in the major leagues.

"There is no question that it is a hard decision as to when the right timing was", Manfred said.

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

Gurriel will have to undergo sensitivity training. I've never had anything against Darvish.

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"I just feel bad", Gurriel told the NY Times. "Since we are living in such a wonderful world, let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger". "Secondly, I felt it was unfair to punish the other 24 players on the Astros' roster".

Darvish was born in Japan, to an Iranian father and a Japanese mother.

Darvish played professionally in Japan from 2005-11 before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012. "Appropriately, Yuli has apologized for his gesture". He had no intention of offending anyone, but he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions.

Gurriel was born in Cuba and played there and in Japan in 2014 before coming to Major League Baseball a year ago.

As Olney said, there's precedent here. "I've chose to go beyond that precedent as a statement of our disapproval of this behavior".

Manfred declined "to characterize the conversations with the union, beyond the notion that the union was supportive of the general proposition that this type of behavior was not appropriate in our game".

Gurriel hopes to speak with Darvish about what happened.

"I know he's remorseful", Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.

  • Lawrence Cooper