Toronto Blue Jays Make Tough Decision To Demote Munenori Kawasaki

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Munenori Kawasaki

The Toronto Blue Jays officially made the tough and soon to be unpopular decision to demote fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki after Tuesday’s loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Jays needed to secure a roster spot in order to activate All-Star Jose Reyes from the disabled list making Kawasaki expendable. Reyes was on the bench near the end of the game and is expected to be activated for Wednesday’s series finale.

Kawasaki,unfortunately for him still had options and the Jays could slide him back to their triple-a affiliate in Buffalo without him having to clear waivers. There were other names mentioned and surely discussed like Emilio Bonifacio, Dustin McGowan and Juan Perez however all three would have been exposed on the wire.

The 32-year old infielder reached rock star status amongst Blue Jays fans due to his charisma and viral interviews in broken English. Veteran pitcher Mark Buehrle even went as far to call Kawasaki one of the best teammates he has ever played alongside.

Kawasaki was also very adequate in replacing Reyes at shortstop, he played solid defense, battled in every at bat and consistently displayed solid fundamentals playing the game the right way. His slash line was respectable hitting .225 with 34 hits, 4 triples, 1 home run, 17 runs batted in and 7 stolen bases in 60 contests.

Manager John Gibbons addressed the media stating that Kawasaki will be back and apparently also addressed the team about the demotion as Kawasaki had become such a likeable fixture in the clubhouse.


The Buffalo Bisons will surely welcome Kawasaki back into the fold as he will no doubt put butts in the seats for the herd. Regardless of where he ends up, the product of Japan made baseball fun again for fans north of the border.

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  • Sad to see AA and JG made this decision, but that is what they are paid to do, let’s hope it’s the right one, winning is not the only thing that fans want, they also want to be entertained, and EM sure did that.
    Also, team togetherness is huge, and EM had them all friends again.
    Please do not hesitate 10 seconds in bringing him back if someone goes down.
    As to our two losses to Tampa Bay, if you had said to me twelve games ago, ” would you be happy if the Jays went 10 & 2 in the next twelve games, or 10 & 3 or 10 and 4…. ? I and all of you would have said of course.
    Baseball is a game of averages, it all comes out in the wash, so don’t fret.
    To be honest having EM shipped out bothers me more than the losses.

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