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29 October 2017, 02:10 | Donald Newman
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Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel was issued a five-game suspension for the 2018 season Saturday by Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred for a racist gesture, but he will continue playing in the World Series.
Darvish, 31, was tagged for four runs off five hits in the second inning, the first of those a solo home run by Gurriel, who later in the Astros dugout put his fingers to the outside of his eyes and pulled the skin tight.
Gurriel has since apologized for the gesture as well as for using the word "Chinito", a Spanish term that can be used as a slur against Asians, The New York Times reports. "But I played in Japan and I know [that is] offensive, so I apologize for that", he added.
"I would particularly like to apologise to Yu Darvish, a pitcher I admire and respect".
Gurriel played pro baseball in Japan in 2014, but defected and signed with the Houston Astros in 2016.
Darvish was born to a Japanese mother and an Iranian father.
"The Houston Astros were surprised and disappointed by the behavior displayed by Yuli Gurriel during last night's game", Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. He also characterized "chinito" as a common way in Cuba to talk about an Asian person.
Manfred disciplined Gurriel a year after the Cubs and Cleveland Indians met in the World Series. Now, MLB, which will meet with Gurriel before Game 4 on Saturday, could come to him and the Astros and advise that taking a suspension without a fight is what's best for the league, given the racially-charged climate in the sports world right now. I'm sure Darvish did.
"I see a difference between behavior from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo", he said.
Major League Baseball suspended two players this season for using slurs.
"Including him and I, nobody's ideal".
"Acting like that, you just disrespect all the people around the world", he said in Japanese through a translator. Toronto's Kevin Pillar and Oakland's Matt Joyce were each banned for two games this season after making homophobic comments. "I didn't try to offend anybody". We're just going to have to learn from it. "Just learn from it and we have to move forward".
Some of Darvish's former teammates with the Rangers called out Gurriel for his actions on Twitter.
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