Yuli Gurriel, one of the key hitters for the Houston Astros, was suspended for five games after television cameras caught him making a gesture and mouthing a word with racial overtones during Friday’s game.
The unpaid suspension will be served at the start of the 2018 season, and Gurriel will not appeal. He will not miss any games in the World Series.
It is believed the Major League Baseball Players Assn. opposed a suspension during the World Series. Even an expedited appeal might have taken time
“I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible,” Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros. “I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it.
“I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect.”
Gurriel will have to undergo sensitivity training. The Astros said they would donate the salary Gurriel would have earned from the five games to charities, including one “directly supporting diversity efforts.”
After Gurriel hit a home run off the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish in Friday’s game, Gurriel returned to the Astros’ dugout. He put his fingers to the sides of his face and lifted the corners of his eyes, the “slanted eyes” gesture widely regarded as offensive by Asians. Gurriel also used the word “Chinito,” Spanish slang for Chinese