Astros 1st baseman Yuli Gurriel is under fire after making a racist gesture during a game.
According to reports, Gurriel was in the dugout in the second inning after hitting it out of the park, when he set his sights on Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who is from Japan.
Reportedly, the baseman made gestures with his eyes mocking the Asian community and has since been called ‘racist’.
After being called out for his actions, Gurriel issued an apology that still has not satisfied those who have been offended and may have made the situation worse.
“I didn’t mean to offend anybody in Japan. I have a lot of respect. I played in Japan. I was commenting to my [teammates] that I hadn’t had any good luck against Japanese pitchers here in the U.S.“
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 28, 2017
Although it was reported by TMZ that Gurriel would be suspended without pay, he will still play during one of the biggest games in baseball history, the World Series.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred issued a pressed conference on Saturday, Oct. 28 addressing the offensive gesture made by the Astro’s player.
“There is no excuse or explanation acceptable for that type of behavior,” Manfred said at a news conference.
Manfred also said the official suspension will commence at the start of the regular 2018 season.
“We support Major League Baseball’s decision of a five-game suspension for the 2018 season,” Astros’ general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement.
“The Astros will donate Yuli’s salary for these five games in equal parts to the Astros Foundation and to a charity directly supporting diversity efforts,” Luhnow said.
Manfred said Gurriel expressed remorse when the two met Friday night and again on Saturday. Gurriel will also meet with Darvish to apologize, Manfred said.
Yuli Gurriel over the years.