Astros' Yuli Gurriel makes racist gesture after hitting World Series home run

Major League Baseball Should Suspend Yuli Gurriel Force Others to Defend the Indefensible

Major League Baseball Should Suspend Yuli Gurriel Force Others to Defend the Indefensible

Gurriel said on Friday that it's common in Cuba to use the word "chinito" to describe someone of Asian heritage, although he admitted he realizes it is considered offensive in Japan.

"There is no excuse or explanation acceptable for that type of behavior", Manfred said at a news conference.

"What he had done today isn't right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him".

Darvish appears to have accepted the apology.

The Astros lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 set for Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Gurriel hopes to speak with Darvish about what happened.

"In no moment did I try to offend anyone, on the contrary I have a lot of respect", he told reporters in Spanish. "I deeply regret it", Gurriel said in a statement.

"I would particularly like to apologise to Yu Darvish, a pitcher I admire and respect".

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Houston Astro's Yuli Gurriel has the worst hair in the Major Leagues. We don't call them Japanese or Chinese. He is hitting.340 with a.933 OPS during the postseason. Gurriel is hitting.250 with a.975 OPS (on-base plus slugging) in the first three games of the World Series. Gurriel will also be required to attend sensitivity training.

During the regular season, a player can delay any suspension for weeks by filing an appeal.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale first reported Gurriel's suspension.

"The Houston Astros were surprised and disappointed by the behavior displayed by Yuli Gurriel during last night's game", Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement.

Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions. Appropriately, Yuli has apologised for his actions. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.

In announcing the suspension, the commissioner offered four reasons why Gurriel would not be forced to miss any time for the remainder of the World Series. Some Native American groups have noted that they find Cleveland's Chief Wahoo logo offensive, noting that it appropriates native culture with a stereotypical caricature. "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'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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