Astro Yuli Gurriel Mocks Asians ... With Racist Gesture

Yuli Gurriel and Yu Darvish

Yuli Gurriel will not be suspended for his inappropriate gesture during Game 3 of the World Series until next year, a high-ranking official told USA TODAY Sports.

Major League Baseball suspended the Houston Astros first baseman on Saturday for the first five games next season.

After Gurriel hit a home run off the Dodgers' Yu Darvish in Friday's game, Gurriel returned to the Astros' dugout.

Gurriel explained that he was joking with his teammates about how he felt like the home run was the result of Darvish deciding to pitch to him as if he were also Japanese, which doesn't really make any of this any better or less offensive.

Gurriel was caught on camera making a slant-eyed gesture and also seemed to say the Spanish word "chinito, " meaning "little Chinese guy, " in reference to the Japan-born Yu Darvish. I have a lot of respect. "But I played in Japan and I know [that is] offensive, so I apologize for that", he added. "I was commenting to my family that I didn't have any luck against Japanese pitchers here in the United States".

Darvish termed Gurriel's ugly gesture "disrespectful" but was mostly in a forgiving mood, suggesting it be a learning experience.

"I understand the gravity of this type of thing", said Hinch.

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

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

"The two (games ban) that is the standard that had evolved over two or three situations was inadequate", Manfred said.

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. 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.

Rob Manfred, the current Commissioner of Baseball, is in Houston will meet with Gurriel on Saturday before Game 4. "We are all human beings, that's what I'm saying".



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