29 October, 2017
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.
Gurriel, a 33-year-old of Cuban descent, had just homered off Darvish, who is of Japanese and Iranian descent and grew up in Japan, in the second inning of the Astros' eventual 5-3 victory, and was sitting on the dugout bench when a Fox Sports camera caught him pulling back the skin next to his eyes to make them appear slanted. Gurriel may be punished, including a possible suspension during the World Series.
Gurriel will also be forced to undergo sensitivity training in the off-season, Manfred said.
For his part, Darvish called the gesture "disrespectful" after the game, and pointed out that "Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans" too.
That race is a complex issue in our world was never more evident than during last night's World Series game. If the Major League Baseball imposes no punishment on Gurriel for them, the implicit message will be that they are. "I sincerely apologise to everyone I offended with my actions". There was some clamor, including from us, that Gurriel should be suspended at least one game during the World Series. "If Darvish feels offended, I want to apologize to him". I've never had anything against Darvish.
"I did not mean it to be offensive at any point", Gurriel told reporters .
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He added: "I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me which could not be further from the truth".
"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions".
With his impending suspension deferred to 2018, Gurriel will stick in his usual spot in the order against the Dodgers for Game 4. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a written statement that Gurriel's forfeited salary will be donated "to the Astros Foundation and to a charity directly supporting diversity efforts".
"I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible", Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros. "I know they don't like it".
But neither the Astros nor the Major League Baseball Players Association are likely to go for that.