Cuban MLB Player Targets Japanese Opponent With Racist Slant Eye Gesture

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But even if Major League Baseball elects to suspend Gurriel, he's nearly certain to appeal, which likely would delay the process so that a decision isn't made until after the World Series.

"I understand people will have different views but it was my best judgement that this timing was appropriate", Manfred said.

Darvish called the gesture "disrespectful", but he also said he wasn't angry with Gurriel.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel's actions during Game 3.

Manfred said the commissioner's office and players association are in agreement that "there is no place in our game" for Gurriel's actions.

Major League Baseball suspended two players this season for using slurs.

Manfred said it was also in part because Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, the Japanese hurler who was the target of the insult, wants to move forward as quickly as possible from the incident.

"In no moment did I try to offend anyone, on the contrary I have a lot of respect", he told reporters in Spanish.

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"The Houston Astros were surprised and disappointed by the behavior displayed by Yuli Gurriel during last night's game", Luhnow said in a statement.

Darvish tweeted a response after the game, saying, "What he had done today isn't right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him".

And that was also not the end of the story where Darvish was concerned, because the Dodgers pitcher also said this: "For me, personally, it doesn't really bother me".

"I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible", Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros. "Secondly, I felt it was unfair to punish the other 24 players on the Astros' roster". I didn't think anybody would think about what I meant in that way.

Yuli Gurriel will have to sit out for making a racist gesture toward Yu Darvish - but not during the World Series. Matt Joyce of the Oakland Athletics and Kevin Pillar of the Toronto Blue Jays each were suspended two games this season for using anti-gay slurs. (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.

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 he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions.

Despite contributing greatly to his team's 5- 3 win, Gurriel's feat was overshadowed by how he celebrated in the dugout.