Manfred acknowledged some people believed Gurriel should have served an immediate ban.
Then in the dugout after the home run, Gurriel stretched his eyes in a mocking manner and called Darvish a slur.
But Gurriel reiterated in a private meeting with Manfred that he intended no disrespect - comments that he echoed through an interpreter after Friday's game.
That race is a complex issue in our world was never more evident than during last night's World Series game. Gurriel has been ordered by Major League Baseball to appear in the principal's offense today to be berated (and perhaps fined) for his failure to be up to date with the Social Code According to the Left. "Quite the opposite. I have always had a lot of respect [for Japanese people]".
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Friday night should have been one of unbridled joy for Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel, but instead it saw him apologizing and facing a suspension. Gurriel homered and doubled in Game 3 and is batting.346 in the postseason. I never do great with Japanese pitchers and tonight I did!
"Personally, it doesn't really bother me", Darvish said.
"I didn't try to offend anybody", Gurriel told reporters, through a translator.
The 33-year-old Gurriel played in Japan in 2014 and is completing his second season in the major leagues after leaving Cuba.
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"Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behaviour and is extremely remorseful for his actions. I would also like to apologise to the Dodgers organisation, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game". The commissioner said they were unanimous that Gurriel's actions were indefensible. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow supported MLB's decision of a five-game suspension for the 2018 season.
Gurriel will lose $322,581 of his $12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes. "I know it's offensive to them and they don't like that, but they didn't mean to do it".
Gurriel has since apologized for the gesture as well as for using the word "Chinito", a Spanish term that can be used as a slur against Asians, The New York Times reports.
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And yet no thoughtful lover of the game of baseball or, for that matter, any fan of the Houston Astros, could come away from game 4 of the World Series, in which we triumphed 5-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, without profoundly mixed feelings.