The Dodgers dropped game 3 of the World Series to the Astros, but that wasn’t what made the headlines following the game. Instead, it was a racial gesture made by Astros’ Yuli Gurriel that was on everyone’s mind.
The gesture came in the Astros’ dugout after Gurriel had taken Dodgers’ Yu Darvish deep in the bottom of the second inning. Check out the video below and see for yourself.
The video went viral almost immediately and caused a real uproar on Twitter, and rightfully so. There is no for room for this in Major League Baseball, or in any setting for that matter. Arguments were being made for both sides, with some saying Gurriel should be suspended, to others saying everybody should just move on and that he did not mean anything bad by it. Well, it looks like Comissioner Rob Manfred will try and please both of these parties.
On Saturday, Manfred spoke to the media and announced that Yulieski Gurriel will be suspended for the first five games, without pay, of the 2018 season. He also said that the salary will be donated to charity and that Gurriel will undergo sensitivity training in the off-season.
One of the major points that Commissioner Rob Manfred brought up was that he did not want to penalize the rest of the Astros players for Gurriel’s actions. Because of this, he decided that the suspension should be served in 2018 as opposed to in the World Series. It’s definitely a tough position to be in, and I get that he wanted to be fair to both sides, but it doesn’t really make sense to suspend him for 5 games in 2018. It’s kind of like saying that what Yuli Gurriel did was bad, but not “suspending him from the World Series” bad, which just causes confusion.
Here is more from Manfred on the situation:
The Major League Baseball Players Association also tweeted a statement on Saturday saying that Gurriel will not appeal the suspension, which is definitely the smart move on his part. Lastly, the Houston Astros organization commented on Yuli Gurriel’s actions. You can read the full statement below.
The Astros have released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/BKo6b1CLV7
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 28, 2017
How do you feel about this decision? Do you think it’s fair, or did Gurriel get off to easy? Let us know in the comments below!
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