Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

Former Cubs fan favorite retires from baseball


by - Senior Editor -

Former Chicago Cubs infielder Munenori Kawasaki announced his retirement from baseball. He was dealing with an Achilles tendon injury and decided it was time to hang up his baseball cleats according to a statement by his team.

In 2017, Kawasaki played professional baseball in the Pacific League with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

The 36-year old fan favorite hit .333 with an RBI and .462 on-base percentage with the Cubs in 2016. He batted .255 during the year with the Iowa Cubs.

For his MLB career, he has .237 average with one homer, 51 RBIs, and .320 on-base percentage. He has had stints with the Cubs, Blue Jays, and Mariners in his pro career.

In Japan in 1187 games, he batted .292 with 27 homers, 373 RBIs, and 653 runs.

Congratulations to Kawasaki on his retirement and it was a pleasure to watch you play with the Cubs with such enthusiasm and passion for the game.

ICYMI: Kawasaki doesn't like ghosts according to the following viral video.

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