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

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

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

Manfred announced that Gurriel will be suspended without pay for five games during the 2018 regular season.

Gurriel was in the dugout in the second inning after hitting one out of the park off Yu Darvish when he set his sights on Dodgers pitcher, who is from Japan. Gurriel's five-game regular season suspension is likely due to his behavior being seen by manyfold more people on baseball's biggest stage.

Gurriel will also be forced to undergo sensitivity training in the off-season, Manfred said.

Darvish was widely reported to have called Gurriel's actions "disrespectful". Commissioner Rob Manfred said he meant to speak with Gurriel on Saturday before Game 4.

Said Manfred: "There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night".

Gurriel was born in Cuba and played there and in Japan in 2014 before coming to Major League Baseball past year. "On the contrary, I've always had a lot of respect for them". If I offended him, I apologize.

"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, " Gurriel said, according to USA Today.

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"Yes, of course. I want to talk to him because I have nothing against him", he said.

"He has handled this entire hard situation in an exemplary way", Manfred said of Darvish. "But I played in Japan and I know [that is] offensive, so I apologize for that", he added.

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

After the game, Gurriel-who actually played professionally in Japan in 2014-apologized.

Manfred would not compare Gurriel's actions with the Cleveland Indians' decision to keep using their Chief Wahoo logo, which has been criticized by Native Americans and others. 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. He had no intention of offending anyone, but he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions. "The Astros will donate Yuli's salary for these five games in equal parts to the Astros Foundation and to a charity directly supporting diversity efforts".

His Astros have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Dodgers.

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