Cuban MLB Player Targets Japanese Opponent With Racist Slant Eye Gesture

Cuban MLB Player Targets Japanese Opponent With Racist Slant Eye Gesture

Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is facing possible punishment after making a racist gesture during the World Series.

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.

"During last night's game I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible", Gurriel said in a statement. "At no point did I mean that in an offensive way". I have a lot of respect. "I played in Japan". "I was commenting to my teammates that I hadn't had any good luck against Japanese pitchers".

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 in Japan, to an Iranian father and a Japanese mother.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the league intends to speak with Gurriel.

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.

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Darvish played professionally in Japan from 2005 to 2011 before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012.

Immediately after the game, Darvish said he was angry.

The league and the players union also could negotiate a deal and propose that Gurriel accept it, foregoing the need for an appeal. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was suspended in May for using a homophobic slur.

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

"Nobody's ideal and everybody is different and then. we just. have to learn from it", he said. (I didn't see it, and don't care to.) This touched of a storm from the Indignation-Industrial Complex, and one of its subsidiaries, Major League Baseball. He was traded to the Dodgers at this year's July 31 trade deadline.

After Darvish spoke with reporters on Friday, he posted a note on social media, expressing the hope that the Gurriel incident could serve as a learning experience.

Darvish tweeted a response after the game, saying, "What he had done today isn't right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him. Just learn from it and we have to move forward".

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