• Kyodo


Slugging infielder Akinori Iwamura will be given his walking papers by the Central League’s Tokyo Yakult Swallows, informed sources revealed on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Iwamura, who is reportedly keen to continue his active career, played in just 39 games this season with a .243 batting average and one home run. He has played in 1,194 games in Japan, mostly as a third baseman Yakult, and 408 in the big leagues, primarily as a second baseman with Tampa Bay.

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