Houston Astros player Yuli Gurriel will face a five-game suspension from Major League Baseball after making a racist gesture during the third game of the World Series on Friday night - but he will not have to serve the suspension until next season.
The gesture exploded on social media as the game went on, and Gurriel apologized after the Astros' victory.
"I did not mean it to be offensive at any point", Gurriel said.
Manfred said it was also in part because Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, the Japanese hurler who was the target of the insult, wants to move forward as quickly as possible from the incident. He played one season in Japan in 2014. "I was commenting that I did not have any good luck against Japanese pitchers in the United States".
Shortly after the game ended, Darvish tweeted that he forgave Gurriel for the gesture and hoped people could learn from it. Darvish is of Japanese and Iranian descent. Gurriel also reportedly said the word "chinito", which translates into something like "little Chinese boy". Gurriel will not miss any time during the World Series, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
Darvish played professionally in Japan from 2005-11 before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012.
Houston Astro's Yuli Gurriel has the worst hair in the Major Leagues.
"First of all, I felt it was important that the suspension carried with it the penalty of lost salary", Manfred said.
"I see a difference between behavior from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo", he said.
Instead, he will be suspended the first five games of next season. 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.
Major League Baseball suspended two players this season for using slurs. "He expressed remorse. I met with him today. I didn't try to offend anybody".
Some of Darvish's former teammates with the Rangers called out Gurriel for his actions on Twitter.
"Nobody's ideal and everybody is different and then. we just. have to learn from it", he said. "Just learn from it and we have to move forward".