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

Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel reacts after hitting

Some top sports columnists urged Manfred to suspend Gurriel immediately while others said he should be let off the hook.

Manfred would not compare Gurriel's actions with the Cleveland Indians' decision to keep using their Chief Wahoo logo, which has been criticized by Native Americans and others.

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

Gurriel was born in Cuba and played there and in Japan in 2014 before coming to Major League Baseball past year. The union later said it would not appeal the decision, but would have no further comment.

"I see a difference between behavior from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo", he said.

This is what he should be ridiculed for, not his juvenile antics in making what's being called racist gestures after hitting a home run off Yu Darvish (who is Iranian/Japanese) in the second inning of Friday's World Series game. If I offended him, I apologize.

"I did not mean it to be offensive at any point", Gurriel said, via ESPN. I have a lot respect.

"In Cuba we call everybody who is from Asia 'Chino, '" Gurriel explained. "But I was in Japan and I know they are offended by that".

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"During last night's game, I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible".

During the press conference Saturday, Manfred specifically pointed out that how Darvish handled the situation carried great weight with him.

The suspension will not take place during the World Series.

Robert Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, is expected to meet with Gurriel today, and also to decide whether and how much to punish him for the Two Things.

"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behaviour and is extremely remorseful for his actions".

Gurriel has since apologized for the gesture as well as for using the word "Chinito", a Spanish term that can be used as a slur against Asians, The New York Times reports. He had no intention of offending anyone, but he recognises the perceived offensiveness of his actions.

With his impending suspension deferred to 2018, Gurriel will stick in his usual spot in the order against the Dodgers for Game 4. The Houston Astros will donate Gurriel's missed salary to charitable causes. There was some clamor, including from us, that Gurriel should be suspended at least one game during the World Series.

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