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Astros' Yuli Gurriel makes racist gesture, suspended 5 games in 2018

Rob Bradford
October 28, 2017 - 9:52 am

Yuli Gurriel's impact on Game 3 of the World Series was undeniable. The 33-year-old came away with a pair of hits, including a solo homer, to help his Astros to a 5-3 win over the Dodgers.

But what was also not up for debate was Gurriel's distasteful action during the game.

After hitting his home run, Gurriel seemingly mocked Dodgers starter Yu Darvish with what appeared to be a racist gesture, while seemingly saying "chinito" -- a deragoratory term that translates into "little Chinese." Darvish was born to a Japanese mother and Iranian father.

After the game, Gurriel -- who played in Japan in 2014 -- was apologetic when approached by reporters.

"I didn’t try to offend nobody," Gurriel said in Spanish through a translator. "I was commenting to my family that I didn’t have any luck against Japanese pitchers here in the United States."

He also added, "In the moment, I didn’t want to offend him or nobody in Japan because I have a lot of respect for them and I played in Japan. I didn’t mean to do it."

Darvish issued a statement on the matter via Twitter:

"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, that is a giant step for mankind."

UPDATE: Gurriel was suspnded for the first five games of the 2018 regular season.

Earlier this season, MLB suspended Toronto's Kevin Pillar and Matt Joyce of Oakland two games apiece for making homophobic slurs.

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