Veteran Cubs clubhouse man Yosh Kawano has been relieved of his clubhouse duties, according to team sources.
Kawano, 87, will still be paid and will shift to an unspecified role. The Cubs made the move for "health" reasons, according to a team official. Kawano reportedly was no longer able to function in the clubhouse because of his age and a recent foot injury.
Kawano has been working the Cubs clubhouse since the mid-1940s and was rumored to have a lifetime job guaranteed with the organization after the sale of the club to Tribune Co. in 1981. But that story was apparently an urban legend, and one Cubs general manager in the 1990s went though boxes of files onthe sale to see if such a clause actually existed. His conclusion was that the "Kawano" clause was purely fiction.