Former Major leaguer Munenori Kawasaki just blasted his first homerun in a Ni-gun (minor league) game against the Hanshin Tigers farm team just today, it was his first homerun in Japan since year 2011 playing for the same team.
In the top of the 6th inning against Hanshin Tigers right-handed pitcher (reliever) Moriya Koki, current Fukuoka Softbank Hawks infielder Munenori Kawasaki blasted a no-doubter to right field off Koki’s 143 kph fastball to give his team a 7-2 lead. You can see Kawasaki’s homerun clip here.
Munenori Kawasaki rejoined the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks last month, in March 31st, after signing a one-year deal worth an estimated 90 million yen plus additional incentives after he was released by the Cubs organization, he played for 5 seasons there in the Majors for 3 different organizations (Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, and Chicago Cubs). He has yet to make in appearance with the Hawks’ Ichi-gun (Japan’s Major league) team this season.