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“Yes, of course. I want to talk to him because I have nothing against him,” he said. “I think he’s one of the best pitchers in Japan, and I never had success against him. … If he felt offended, I want to apologize to him.”
later tweeted a call for his fans to “stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger.”
“No one is perfect. That includes both you and I,” Darvish wrote. “What he had done today isn’t right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him.”
Fans praised the pitcher’ response, but many were unimpressed with Gurriel’s apology.
Actor Daniel Dae Kim sarcastically mocked Gurriel insisting that he didn’t mean to offend anyone.
“Yes, because we all know that doing this to an Asian is a universal sign of respect,” Kim tweeted.
Manfred, the MLB commissioner, told reporters Saturday that part of the reason Gurriel was suspended during the regular season and not during the World Series was because Darvish said he wants to move forward and that Manfred “felt it was unfair to punish the other 24 players on the Astros’ roster.”
“I wanted the burden of this decision to fall primarily on the wrongdoer,” Manfred said. Gurriel will also be required to undergo sensitivity training.
“There is no question that it is a difficult decision as to when the appropriate timing was. Obviously, World Series games are different than regular season games, and I used my best judgment as to where the appropriate disciplinary level fell,” Manfred said.
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.
Manfred said that when he was considering the timing of the discipline he thought delaying it would allow Gurriel to exercise his rights under the grievance process and “it now appears, and I have every expectation that he will not be exercising those rights.”
Gurriel’s home run on Friday kicked off a four-run burst in the second inning that sent Darvish to the shortest start of his career. Saturday night, the Dodgers beat the Astros 6-2 in Game 4 to tie the Series 2-2.
CORRECTION (Oct. 28, 1:45 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misspelled the middle name of an actor. His name is Daniel Dae Kim, not Daniel Day Kim.