Gurriel issued five-game ban, but not in World Series

Kristopher Nichols
October 30, 2017

Gurriel continued, "In the moment, I didn't want to offend him or nobody in Japan because I have a lot of respect for them and I played in Japan", he said, adding that, "I didn't mean to do it".

Gurriel pulled at the corners of his eyes, which some interpreted as a slap at Darvish, who is of Japanese ancestry.

Within minutes of Gurriel making his racist gesture it was already being shared and condemned on social media.

The 33-year-old Gurriel played in Japan in 2014 and is completing his second season in the major leagues after leaving Cuba.

Gurriel, who spent time playing with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars of Japan before signing on with Houston in July 2016, said he never meant to offend Darvish.

"Acting like that, you just disrespect all the people around the world", he said in Japanese through a translator.

Going into Game 4 of the World Series, the Houston Astros have a 2-1 lead. "I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game".

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After the game, he posted a conciliatory tweet that read in part, "No one is flawless".

Darvish is of Japanese and Iranian descent.

And speaking of racism in baseball, Manfred also said on Saturday that he intends to "deal with" the Cleveland Indians' "Chief Wahoo" logo over the offseason.

Major League Baseball suspended two players this season for using slurs. Matt Joyce of the Oakland Athletics and the Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar were both suspended for two games this season after using gay slurs in separate incidents, so there's already some precedent for the commissioner to take action.

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. As ESPN's Buster Olney has pointed out, even if Manfred had tried to suspend Gurriel during the World Series, the players' union appeal process would have delayed the suspension until next season anyway.

"There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable", he said.

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