Community Leaders Demand Meeting with Gurriel, Denounce Delayed Suspension

From left: Mitchell Maki of Go For Broke National Education Center, Rick Noguchi of JANM, Gary Mayeda of JACL, and Guy Aoki of MANAA.

By J.K. YAMAMOTO, Rafu Staff Writer

Representatives of Los Angeles-area Asian American community organizations held a press conference Nov. 1 at the Japanese American National Museum to denounce the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel’s racist gesture toward the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yu Darvish as well as the Major League Baseball commissioner’s decision to delay punishment until next year.

They also suggested proactive steps so that something positive might come out of this incident.

In Game 3 of the World Series in Houston, first baseman Gurriel got a hit off pitcher Darvish, who is from Japan. Upon returning to the Astros dugout, Gurriel used his fingers t