"If he felt offended, I want to apologize to him". "There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable".
An MLB spokesperson responded via ESPN, saying "w$3 e are aware of the situation and the Commissioner intends to speak with the player tomorrow". "I was commenting to my [teammates] that I hadn't had any good luck against Japanese pitchers here in the U.S".
Gurriel has performed well at the plate this postseason, hitting.340/.386/.547 with 1 home run, 6 doubles, 4 runs, and 5 RBIs.
Darvish was born in Japan, to an Iranian father and a Japanese mother.
Gurriel was born in Cuba and played there and in Japan in 2014 before coming to Major League Baseball previous year.More news: Compassionate nurse sings dying patient's favorite song
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Gurriel's actions drew immediate scrutiny across social media and, according to reports, Major League Baseball is looking into the incident with a view to potential discipline.
Darvish said he was not angry with Gurriel.
"In no moment did I try to offend anyone, on the contrary I have a lot of respect", he told reporters in Spanish.
Darvish played professionally in Japan from 2005 to 2011 before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012.
Gurriel, from Cuba, is supposed to have made a "slant-eyed gesture" in the dugout after touching them all. At no point did I mean that in an offensive way.
After the game, Darvish called Gurriel's actions "disrespectful". I've never had anything against Darvish.
"I feel like, of course, Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans, and Asian fans live all over the place", Darvish said. He will be suspended the first five games of next season without pay. 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. "And then he made a mistake and then we're just going to learn from it". Absolutely not. But here it's worth remembering that as much as we love these guys, and properly so, there is another team to which all of us owe even greater allegiance than the Astros: the team of humanity. "Let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger".