Astros' Gurriel suspended 5 games in 2018 for dugout gesture

Manfred also justified not banning Gurriel for the World Series because he wanted a loss of salary involved and because Gurriel, who could play while appealing any suspension under Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement with its players union, would not appeal this move.

During the regular season, a player can delay any suspension for weeks by filing an appeal.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was "surprised and disappointed" by Gurriel's behavior and supported Manfred's decision.

After the game, Darvish called the gesture by Gurriel disrespectful but said he still respected his opponent and that everyone should use it as a learning opportunity. An MLB spokesperson said in a statement, "We are aware of the situation and the Commissioner intends to speak with the player tomorrow".

That race is a complex issue in our world was never more evident than during last night's World Series game.

Major League Baseball suspended two players this season for using slurs. "On the contrary, I've always had a lot of respect for them".

Friday night should have been one of unbridled joy for Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel, but instead it saw him apologizing and facing a suspension. The punishment came a day after Gurriel's actions toward the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher during Game 3.

"Yesterday I was commenting that I'd never had any success against Darvish, and 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". "He expressed remorse. I met with him today".

"I feel like, of course, Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans, and Asian fans live all over the place", Darvish said.

"But I was in Japan and I know that it's offensive, and honestly, I apologize to [Darvish]".

"Mr. Gurriel to his credit quickly realized that his behavior was wrong", Manfred said. 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.

"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behaviour and is extremely remorseful for his actions". He had no intention of offending anyone, but he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions. "I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game", he said.

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

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