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Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel suspended for 5 games next season after making racist gesture
Yuli Gurriel hit a huge home run early in Game 3 of the World Series off of Yu Darvish.
Back in the dugout, Gurriel was caught on camera making a gesture that some interpreted as a "slant eyes."
The commissioner announced on Saturday Gurriel will be suspended for five games next season.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been suspended without pay for five games next season for making a racist gesture at Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel's gesture during Game 3. Manfred added that he didn't believe it would be fair to penalize the rest of the Astros by suspending Gurriel during the World Series, though he acknowledged that some may feel otherwise.
Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement that the team supports the disciplinary action against Gurriel, and that Gurriel is "extremely remorseful for his actions" and has apologized.
"The Houston Astros were surprised and disappointed by the behavior displayed by Yuli Gurriel during last night's game," Luhnow said. "The Astros and Major League Baseball pride ourselves on the diversity of our sport and in showing great respect to all cultures represented by our players, front office staff, fans and members of the media."
The Houston Astros took a 2-1 lead in the World Series thanks in large part to a home run from first baseman Yuli Gurriel. Gurriel led off the second inning with a huge home run off of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead.
Back in the dugout, MLB's international feed focused on Gurriel when he appeared to mock Darvish, who is half Japanese and half Iranian, with what looked like a "slant eyes" gesture.
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