Cuban MLB Player Targets Japanese Opponent With Racist Slant Eye Gesture

"I deeply regret it", said Gurriel.

Shortly after the game ended, Darvish tweeted that he forgave Gurriel for the gesture and hoped people could learn from it.

"But I was in Japan and I know that it's offensive, and honestly, I apologize to [Darvish]".

Manfred said he was 'impressed in my conversation with Yu Darvish by his desire to move forward, and I felt that moving the suspension to the beginning of the season would help in that regard'. I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect.

Following Manfred's announcement, the Houston Astros released another apology from Gurriel, who they insist is "extremely remorseful" over the incident.

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 27: Houston Astros fans wave orange towels during game three of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on October 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

'Acting like that, you just disrespect all the people around the world, ' he said in Japanese through a translator.

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After the game, he posted a conciliatory tweet that read in part, "No one is ideal".

The Astros and Dodgers will face each other Saturday night in Game 4 of the series on FOX 5.

Darvish was born in Japan, to an Iranian father and a Japanese mother. But with there being only one more day without baseball until the end of the season, it would have been very hard for Manfred to have held a full disciplinary procedure - which would have to include an appeals process as well - before the end of the campaign.

The MLB has recently suspended players caught using slurs. Toronto's Kevin Pillar and Oakland's Matt Joyce were each banned for two games this season after making anti-gay comments.

And there were some who said that even if he was suspended during the World Series, he could easily appeal.

'I see a difference between behaviour from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo, ' he said.

Gurriel spent 15 years in the Cuban professional league and played in Japan for a year before signing with the Astros last season.

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