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.
Manfred declined "to characterize the conversations with the union, beyond the notion that the union was supportive of the general proposition that this type of behavior was not appropriate in our game".
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel's actions during Game 3.
That race is a complex issue in our world was never more evident than during last night's World Series game.
After hitting a home run in the second inning of Friday's Game 3 off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, Gurriel returned to the Astros' dugout, where he used his fingers to motion at his own eyes in a mocking gesture and appeared to mouth a derogatory term in Spanish. Darvish is of Japanese and Iranian descent.
Gurriel, who spent time playing with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars of Japan before signing on with Houston in July 2016, said he never meant to offend Darvish.
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The MLB has recently suspended players caught using slurs.
Gurriel could face discipline for the gesture.
Manfred said the commissioner's office and players association are in agreement that "there is no place in our game" for Gurriel's actions. Instead of giving me the hard stuff I usually get, Darvish pitched to me like I was a Japanese guy! Plus, I know in Japan that offends them. The Houston Astros will donate Gurriel's missed salary to charitable causes.
"During last night's game I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible", Gurriel said in a statement.
Gurriel's racist gesture toward Darvish has also brought up Cleveland's offensive Chief Wahoo logo. "That includes both you and I", Darvish wrote.
"Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans", Darvish noted through a translator after the game. Gurriel's five-game regular season suspension is likely due to his behavior being seen by manyfold more people on baseball's biggest stage. I'm sure A.J. Hinch could get Yuli to act a bit more respectful of others without the league sticking its unnecessary oar in. "As citizens of the world, if we can learn from this and take a step forward, I think this could be a good thing". We're just going to have to learn from it. We are all human beings.