In Japan, Ichiro’s move starts long ‘Sayonara’

A woman walks past a TV screen showing Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki speak at a press conference in Seattle, in Tokyo Friday, May 4, 2018. Suzuki was released Thursday by the Mariners and is shifting into a front office role with the team, although he is not completely shutting the door on playing again. The Japanese language at top right read: “Ichiro: ‘support for the team …” (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO — Ichiro Suzuki says he hasn’t retired, but his move to the front office of the Seattle Mariners is seen by many in Japan as the beginning of a long “Sayonara” for a national treasure.