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29 October 2017, 01:37 | Susie Olson
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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Saturday that he was suspending Gurriel without pay for five games at the start of next season, and said he chose to delay the suspension because he didn't think it would be fair to penalize Gurriel's teammates by suspending the first baseman - who is hitting.340 this postseason - from any World Series games. After returning to the dugout, television cameras showed Gurriel making a slant-eyed gesture. "I didn't mean to offend anybody", Gurriel said through his translator. Without talking to him, I'm sure Darvish was a lot more bothered by Houston hitters, including Gurriel, lighting him up than he was by any puerile gestures Gurriel might have made after going yard at Yu's expense. But I played in Japan and I know they find that offensive, so I apologize for that. "I was commenting to my family that I didn't have any luck against Japanese pitchers here in the United States".
Darvish, who is of Japanese and Iranian descent, was also confronted about the gesture, telling the media it was "disrespectful".
"We support [MLB's] decision of a five-game suspension for the 2018 season. I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game". Video shows Gurriel using his fingers to pull his eyelids into slits before saying the phrase "chinito", which roughly translates to "little Chinese boy", according to The Los Angeles Times. He will not appeal the suspension. "While both are problematic, I don't see them as the same issue".
Commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to meet with Gurriel on Saturday regarding the incident. There was some clamor, including from us, that Gurriel should be suspended at least one game during the World Series.
In particular, he was 1-for-7 with one strikeout this season against Darvish.
"I didn't want to offend anybody". He made a mistake, and we've just got to learn from it.
Manfred faces a delicate balance in deciding how to discipline Gurriel.
"What he had done today isn't right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him", Darvish wrote. Since we are living in such a wonderful world, let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on the anger.
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