Astros' Gurriel suspended 5 games in 2018 for dugout gesture

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Gurriel homered and doubled in Game 3 and is batting.346 in the postseason. An MLB spokesperson said in a statement, "We are aware of the situation and the Commissioner intends to speak with the player tomorrow". "I said I thought maybe they saw me as they did see themselves and I wanted to see if they would throw me a pitch like that".

"I didn't try to offend anybody", Gurriel told reporters, through a translator.

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. I deeply regret it.

Gurriel spent 15 years in the Cuban professional league and played in Japan for a year before signing with the Astros last season.

Darvish was widely reported to have called Gurriel's actions "disrespectful". In making those decisions, Manfred will no doubt need to consider more than what we now know for certain.

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".

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"I feel like, of course, Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans, and Asian fans live all over the place", Darvish said. In addition, he later wrote "let's stay positive and move forward" on Twitter, part of a statement remarkable for its magnanimity, especially given the enormous disappointment Darvish no doubt felt over Friday's pitching performance, in which he lasted less than two innings, gave up six hits and four runs.

Darvish was born in Japan, to an Iranian father and a Japanese mother. He was traded to the Dodgers at this year's July 31 trade deadline.

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

"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behaviour and is extremely remorseful for his actions". "Appropriately, Yuli has apologized for his gesture". He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions. Gurriel has been ordered by Major League Baseball to appear in the principal's offense today to be berated (and perhaps fined) for his failure to be up to date with the Social Code According to the Left. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was suspended in May for using a homophobic slur. In 2012, Toronto infielder Yunel Escobar was penalized three games for a gay slur.

As Olney said, there's precedent here. "I chose to go beyond that". Thirdly, I was impressed in my conversation with Yu Darvish by his desire to move forward, and I felt that moving this suspension to the beginning of the season would help in that regard.

"There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable", he said. Questioned about that, Manfred said, "I used my best judgment as to where the appropriate disciplinary level fell", Manfred said. "While both are problematic, I don't see them as the same issue".

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