Astros Gurriel Suspended After Racist Gesture in World Series
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will be suspended for the first five games of the 2018 season for making a racist gesture toward L.A. Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish in Friday's Game 3 of the World Series, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Saturday.
Gurrield homered off Darvish in the second inning and was seen using his fingers to slant his eyes, mocking Darvish's Japanese decent.
Manfred said he opted not to impose punishment on Gurriel in any of the remaining World Series games for several reasons, including Gurriel's remorse and because he felt it was 'unfair to punish the other 24 members' of the Astros team.
Manfred also said he believed it important the suspension carry a forfeiture of game salary; Players do not receive additional pay for playoff games. The Astros have agreed to donate Gurriel's lost pay to charitable causes, Manfred said.
Gurriel planned to personally speak with Darvish to apologize for his actions, Manfred said.