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Astros Player Apologizes For Racist 'Slant-Eye' Gesture Towards Dodgers Pitcher

Astros Player Apologizes For Racist 'Slant-Eye' Gesture Towards Dodgers Pitcher

Houston Astros player Yuli Gurriel is under fire after making a racist gesture in reference to Los Angeles' starting pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 3 of the World Series.

Gurriel and the Astros had to confront the blowback from Gurriel's actions after the game, which the Astros won 5-3.

Manfred said Gurriel expressed remorse when the two met Friday night and again on Saturday. "But it was my best judgment that this timing was appropriate". The 33-year-old also appeared to mouth a derogatory term in Spanish.

Speaking through an interpreter after the game, Gurriel said he made the gesture because he hasn't had success in the past against Japanese pitchers.

"But I was in Japan and I know that it's offensive, and honestly, I apologize to [Darvish]". "I deeply regret it", Gurriel said in a statement. Gurriel has agreed to undergo sensitivity training.

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

"But I'm sure the Astros have Asian fans, and there are a lot of Asian people all over the world, and to those people, from a humanistic perspective and as a baseball organization, I thought the Astros' image might suffer as a result". Since we are living in such a wonderful world, let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on the anger. "What Gurriel did isn't right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him".

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Darvish was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Iranian father.

Darvish played professionally in Japan from 2005 to 2011 before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012. He was sent to the Dodgers at this year's July 31 trade deadline.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the league intends to speak with Gurriel. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.

The league has recently suspended players caught using slurs. He will be suspended the first five games of next season without pay. "I've made a decision to go beyond that precedent as a statement of our disapproval of this behavior". 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 acceptable for that type of behavior", Manfred said at a news conference. It's unclear at this time whether Gurriel will be disciplined for his actions. (I didn't see it, and don't care to.) This touched of a storm from the Indignation-Industrial Complex, and one of its subsidiaries, Major League Baseball.

I'm not sure if Rob Manfred - who looks good in a suit - is even aware that baseball dugouts are far more civilized places than they used to be.


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