Major League Baseball mulls discipline after Yuli Gurriel's insensitive gesture

Major League Baseball mulls discipline after Yuli Gurriel's insensitive gesture”

Moreover, it's up to Major League Baseball to handle this incident how they would any other type of slur-and not let the fact that it's the World Series cloud their judgment.

After hitting a home run during the second inning, Gurriel squinted his eyes in a way seen as mocking Darvish's Asian heritage. He also appeared to say the word "Chinito", which means "little Chinese boy" in Spanish.

Instead, Manfred said Gurriel will serve a five-game suspension at the start of the 2018 season, and does not anticipate the union will appeal the discipline.

"I did not want to offend anybody", Gurriel said after the game via an interpreter. "But I was in Japan and I know that it's offensive, and honestly, I apologize to him".

He made similar comments to ESPN, adding that he has "a lot of respect" for Japanese people and "never had anything against" Darvish.

After the game, Gurriel - who played in Japan in 2014 - was apologetic when approached by reporters.

Cameras captured Gurriel sitting on the bench and pulling at the sides of his eyes before laughing with teammates, appearing to mimic Darvish, who is Japanese.

Many, including Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, called for Gurriel to be suspended. Manfred also said it was important for Gurriel to take a hit in the salary department, and that only happens during the regular season. Hernandez, whose mother is Japanese, was not personally offended. He'll miss five games in 2018 as a result, but Gurriel will be available for the remainder of the World Series.

The league has recently suspended players caught using slurs.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the union fought hard against a one-game ban for Gurriel during the World Series. The argument being one game now would be equal to a 50-game suspension considering time left in the season.

Even other professional baseball players weighed in, criticizing the first baseman.

Gurriel's absence definitely would have been felt by the Astros.

In his first full Major League Baseball season in 2017, the 33-year-old hit.299/.332/.486 with 18 home runs in 139 games.

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