Gurriel banned five games in 2018 for racist gesture

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Gurriel will not be suspended during the World Series, and will instead serve his ban at the beginning of next season.

This is what he should be ridiculed for, not his juvenile antics in making what's being called racist gestures after hitting a home run off Yu Darvish (who is Iranian/Japanese) in the second inning of Friday's World Series game.

"I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible", Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros.

"Let me begin with what I regard to be the most important point that I'm going to make today: there is complete unanimity - me, my office, both owners, both clubs and the (players' union) - that there is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night", Manfred said. "I played in Japan".

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.

Darvish was born to a Japanese mother and an Iranian father. He also characterized "chinito" as a common way in Cuba to talk about an Asian person. It's unclear at this time whether Gurriel will be disciplined for his actions.

Darvish played professionally in Japan from 2005-11 before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012. "I would also like to apologise to the Dodgers organisation, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game".

"I know he's remorseful", Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.

The league has recently suspended players caught using slurs. I never had any luck against him.

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

"In no moment did I try to offend anyone, on the contrary I have a lot of respect", he told reporters in Spanish. "As citizens of the world, if we can learn from this and take a step forward, I think this could be a good thing".

Manfred said he did not banish the 33-year-old Cuban infielder from this year's best-of-seven championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in part because he did not want to punish the entire Astros squad for one player's actions. "That's what I'm saying, so just learn from it and we've got to go forward, move forward".

Darvish wrote on his Twitter account that "I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse (Gurriel)".