Astros' Yuli Gurriel suspended five games in 2018, won't miss World Series

Yulieski Gurriel, had just scored the first run of Game 3 of the World Series and was being followed by cameras as he celebrated with teammates in the dugout.

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.

Yuli Gurriel will have to sit out for making a racist gesture toward Yu Darvish - but not during the World Series.

"I did not want to offend anybody", Gurriel said after the game via an interpreter. "Secondly, I felt it was unfair to punish the other 24 players on the Astros' roster".

"I was commenting that I did not have any good luck against Japanese pitchers in the United States", he said through a translator after the game.

Darvish, in his sixth Major League Baseball season since arriving from Japan, described Gurriel's gesture as "disrespectful" but was also forgiving in a statement that he posted on Twitter.

Darvish was born to a Japanese mother and an Iranian father.

With his impending suspension deferred to 2018, Gurriel will stick in his usual spot in the order against the Dodgers for Game 4. "I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game".

"I just feel bad", The 33-year-old went on.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale first reported Gurriel's suspension. "I know they were upset", McNair told the Houston Chronicle. The immediate reaction of many, especially on social media, was that their use was meant to harm Darvish by mocking his looks and directing a racist slur at him.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel's actions during Game 3. "That includes both you and I", Darvish said.

"No one is flawless". It's unclear at this time whether Gurriel will be disciplined for his actions.

Later, in a statement released on Twitter, the Iranian-Japanese player seemed more forgiving, adding that "no one is flawless", and while what Gurriel did "isn't right", he believes "we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him".

"What he had done today isn't right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him". If we can take something from this, this is a giant step for mankind. Since we are living in such a wonderful world, let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on the anger.

  • Stacy Allen