Munenori Kawasaki Has Been A Breath of Fresh Air For Blue Jays

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
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Munenori Kawasaki

The Toronto Blue Jays season has not followed the script that General Manager Alex Anthopoulos had orchestrated when he wagered the future on veteran talent this off-season, opening up the Rogers vault for a chance at Baseball supremacy.

With the plethora of roster tinkering conducted nobody in the in their right mind saw the Munenori Kawasaki signing as anything of significance other than minor league depth. Saying the move on March, 02nd went unnoticed would be a huge understatement, however the native of Japan has gained pop icon status north of the border. Kawasaki is a breath of fresh air compared in dramatic contrast to the stagnant antics of spoiled prima donna Brett Lawrie.

Kawasaki has not only put a smile on the face of every Blue Jays fan for his genuine and peculiar nature but he has contributed on the diamond more so than the likes of Maicer Izturis, Emilio Bonifacio and even Brett Lawrie.

By now we all have seen the dugout dances, umpire bows, belting out of the national anthem and the sprint on the spot fake steal attempts. All great for entertainment value but the 31 year-old product of Japan has also worked counts like his fellow countryman Ichiro, wreaked havoc on the base paths and provided consistent timely clutch hitting.

Kawasaki is tied for first on the squad in triples with 2, second on the team in stolen bases with 7, third on the team in OBP with a .333 percentage and fourth in walks with 15. With Jose Reyes slated to return from his injury within a month’s time, the Blue Jays will have a decision to make on where Kawasaki fits into their plan moving forward. You would have to figure Kawasaki has earned a bench spot if nothing else and furthermore Anthopoulos may fear demoting the fan favourite for fear of the back lash from the Kawasaki loving faithful.

Regardless the good natured, breath of fresh air owns the quote of the baseball year.

[quote]“I am Munenoooooooori Kawasaki and I am Japaaaaaaanese.”[/quote]

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Clayton Richer
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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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