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As the Cubs release Munenori Kawasaki, we remember his greatest moments with the team

(John Minchillo)

Tuesday morning, the Cubs released 35-year-old utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Kawasaki only played in 14 games for the Cubs in 2016, and with a young and formidable core of position players returning for 2017, it was hard to see Kawasaki emerging with an increased role with the team.
Nevertheless, this news is quite sad. At the time of his signing with the Cubs last offseason, he was poised to become a fan-favorite in Chicago. Now, let's look back on his journey with the Cubs.
Despite minimal Major League exposure, Kawasaki still won over hearts all across the North Side.
He made highlight-reel defensive plays:

He came bearing gifts:

He brought bat flips:

His interview game, as always, was on point:

Sometimes a language barrier makes for funny TV :) Let us present your new favorite I-Cub -- Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki! He has an entertaining pre-game warm-up that is sure to be a hit but he's still working on his English.

Posted by WHO TV Channel 13 News on Thursday, April 7, 2016

But, most importantly, he brought joy in the way only Kawasaki can:

We're not the only ones mourning the departure of Kawasaki; Cubs manager Joe Maddon is as well.

All of baseball is hoping for a quick rectification.