MLB commish says he'll deal with Chief Wahoo 'issue' in offseason

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said there is "no place in our sport" for racist behavior that was exhibited by Astros' Yuli Gurriel on Friday night.

So why hasn't the commissioner done anything about the Indians' mascot, Chief Wahoo?

"It's an issue I intend to deal with in the offseason," Manfred said during a press conference on Saturday.

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY, 26: A fan waits in line for concessions at Progressive Field on July 26 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dustin Franz for the Washington Post)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 5: Cleveland Indians fans hold up Chief Wahoo signs prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox the opening day game at Progressive Field on April 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: A fan holds up two Chief Wahoo heads during Game 1 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY, 26: Tray Gabriel, 25 of Youngstown, cheers for the Indians dressed as a Native American during the July 26th game against the Nationals at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dustin Franz for the Washington Post)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- APRIL 17: A Cleveland Indians hat with Chief Wahoo against the Minnesota Twins on April 17, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 3-1. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Sep 12, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians fans celebrate the team's 20th consecutive win after defeating the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: A Cleveland Indians fan looks on before an MLB game between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 21, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Manfred dodged the issue just minutes after he gave Gurriel a slap on the wrist for making a racist gesture - slanting his eyes backward - toward Yu Darvish after hitting a home run against the Dodgers pitcher.

Manfred suspended Gurriel for five games to start the 2018 season, but is allowing him to continue to play in the World Series.

The Indians have said in the past they are trying to phase out Chief Wahoo - a disparaging caricature of a Native American - but continue to prominently feature him on their uniform.

If Gurriel's suspension is any indication, Manfred may be more talk than action.

Related: See the worth of the Indians and other MLB teams: 

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The value of each MLB team: 2017
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30. Tampa Bay Rays

2017 value: $825 million
Growth from last year: 27%

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

29. Oakland Athletics

2017 value: $880 million
Growth from last year: 21%

(Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)

Cincinnati Reds

2017 value: $915 million
Growth from last year: 1%

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

27. Cleveland Indians

2017 value: $920 million
Growth from last year: 15%

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

26. Milwaukee Brewers

2017 value: $925 million
Growth from last year: 6%

(Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

25. Miami Marlins

2017 value: $940 million
Growth from last year: 39%

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

24. Kansas City Royals

2017 value: $950 million
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​10%

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

23. Colorado Rockies

2017 value: $1 billion
Growth from last year: 16% 

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

22. Minnesota Twins

2017 value: $1.03 billion
Growth from last year: 13%

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

21. San Diego Padres

2017 value: $1.13 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​26%

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

20. Arizona Diamondbacks

2017 value: $1.15 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​24%

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

19. Baltimore Orioles

2017 value: $1.18 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​18%

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

18. Detroit Tigers

2017 value: $1.2 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​4%

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

17. Pittsburgh Pirates

2017 value: $1.25 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​28%

(Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

16. Toronto Blue Jays

2017 value: $1.3 billion
Growth from last year: 44%

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

16. Chicago White Sox

2017 value: $1.35 billion
Growth from last year: 29%

(Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

14. Seattle Mariners

2017 value: $1.4 billion
Growth from last year: 17%

(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

13. Houston Astros

2017 value: $1.45 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​32%

(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

12. Atlanta Braves

2017 value: $1.5 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​28%

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

11. Texas Rangers

2017 value: $1.55 billion
Growth from last year: 27%

(Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)

10. Washington Nationals

2017 value: $1.6 billion
Growth from last year: 23%​​​​​​​

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

9. Philadelphia Phillies

2017 value: $1.65 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​34%

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

8. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

2017 value: $1.75 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​31%

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

7. St. Louis Cardinals

2017 value: $1.8 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​12%

(Photo by Scott Kane/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

6. New York Mets

2017 value: $2 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​21%

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

5. San Francisco Giants

2017 value: $2.65 billion
Growth from last year: 18%

(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

4. Chicago Cubs

2017 value: $2.68 billion
Growth from last year: 22%

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

3. Boston Red Sox

2017 value: $2.7 billion
Growth from last year: 17%

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 value: $2.75 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​10%

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

1. New York Yankees

2017 value: $3.7 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​9%

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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