Former MLB infielder Munenori Kawasaki set to retire

In this April 1, 2017, photo, Munenori Kawasaki, who was dropped from the Chicago Cubs, smiles during a press conference after joining SoftBank Hawks in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. Former major league infielder Kawasaki is likely to retire after being released by the Japanese professional baseball club on Monday, March 26, 2018. In a statement released by the Hawks, the 36-year-old infielder said a series of injuries has prevented him from being the player he wanted to be. (Kyodo News via AP)
In this May 31, 2015, photo, then Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki waits to bat before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. Former major league infielder Kawasaki, 36, is likely to retire after being released by his Japanese professional baseball club Softbank Hawks on Monday, March 26, 2018. He said in a statement that a series of injuries has prevented him from being the player he wanted to be. Kawasaki spent five seasons in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs. His post-game interviews in broken English became an internet sensation during that time. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

TOKYO — Former major league infielder Munenori Kawasaki is likely to retire after being released by his Japanese club on Monday.

In a statement released by the Softbank Hawks, the 36-year-old infielder said a series of injuries has prevented him from being the player he wanted to be.

Kawasaki spent five seasons in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs. His post-game interviews in broken English became an internet sensation during that time.

His best season in the majors was in 2013 when he had 55 hits and drove in 24 runs for the Blue Jays.

A light-hitting infielder, Kawasaki went to the Mariners in 2012 and was briefly teammates with his idol Ichiro Suzuki.

Kawasaki became a fan favorite and YouTube sensation with a post-game interview in Toronto in 2013 that began "Thank you very much. My name is Munenori Kawasaki. I come from Japan. I am Japaneeeeese!!"

Following the Chicago Cubs' 2016 World Series championship, Kawasaki joined Daisuke Matsuzaka and Koji Uehara as the only Japanese players to have won championships in the World Baseball Classic, Japan Series and World Series.

In Japan, Kawasaki scored 653 runs, had 27 home runs and 373 RBIs with a .292 average over 1187 games

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