Gurriel banned five games in 2018 for racist gesture

"I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible", Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros.

Manfred disciplined Gurriel a year after the Cubs and Cleveland Indians met in the World Series.

"I feel like, of course, Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans, and Asian fans live all over the place", Darvish said.

"Acting like that, you just disrespect all the people around the world", he said in Japanese through a translator.

He added that he would be open to speaking with Darvish about what happened and to apologize.

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After the game, Darvish called the gesture by Gurriel disrespectful but said he still respected his opponent and that everyone should use it as a learning opportunity. He claimed that he was excited because he had not hit a home run off a Japanese pitcher since his debut in August 2016. "I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions".

"I understand people will have different views but it was my best judgement that this timing was appropriate", Manfred said.

"The gesture was saying that I wish he would look at me like one of them and maybe he'd throw me an easy pitch so I can do something, " Gurriel said, according to USA Today. The league has suspended players several times in the past for using slurs, including most recently Matt Joyce of the Oakland A's, who was suspended for two days in August for directing an anti-gay slur at a fan who was heckling him.

Manfred said he chose to have the suspension be served at the start of the 2018 regular season because it would be unfair to punish the other Astros players.

"We support Major League Baseball's decision of a five-game suspension for the 2018 season". An expedited appeal could be heard during the World Series. In particular, he was 1-for-7 with one strikeout this season against Darvish.

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"Last, when I originally began thinking about the discipline, I thought that delaying the suspension would allow the player the opportunity to exercise his rights under the grievance procedure".

Yu Darvish says he isn't angry toward Yuli Gurriel, calling it a learning experience for Gurriel and adding that no one is flawless.

"If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for making", Darvish wrote.

Darvish later tweeted "let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger".

This story was originally published at 12:25 p.m.

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