Yuli Gurriel suspended for racist gesture during World Series, but won't serve it until 2018 season

  • Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been suspended for the first games of the 2018 season for his racist gesture.
  • Gurriel was seen on camera making a “slant eyes” gesture after hitting a home run off of Yu Darvish.
  • Gurriel also admitted that he used the slang term “chinito,” to refer to Darvish.

HOUSTON (AP) — Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros has been suspended 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 actions during Game 3.

Manfred said he didn’t think it would be fair to penalise the rest of the Astros by suspending Gurriel during the World Series. Manfred said he understood other people might take a different view.

Gurriel will miss the first five games of the 2018 season and will not be paid during his suspension.

The Astros released a statement saying they were “surprised and disappointed by the behaviour,” and that they support the decision to suspend Gurriel.

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