Blue Jays Re-Sign Munenori Kawasaki

The Blue Jays announced that they've re-signed infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Kawasaki is represented by Relativity Baseball (formerly known as SFX).

The 32-year-old Kawasaki batted .229/.326/.308 with a homer and seven stolen bases in 96 games (289 plate appearances) for the Blue Jays in 2013. He appeared at both second base and shortstop, providing Toronto manager John Gibbons with solid defense at each position. Kawaski's big personality made him a favorite both in the Blue Jays' clubhouse and with Toronto's fans.

A career .294/.345/.378 hitter in Nippon Professional Baseball, Kawasaki has batted at a .218/.306/.276 clip in 404 Major League plate appearances between the Mariners and Blue Jays since coming to the United States.


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68 Comments on "Blue Jays Re-Sign Munenori Kawasaki"


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whit79
1 year 6 months ago

yahoooooooooooooo

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user9999
1 year 6 months ago

Hope he makes the club this guy was a fan favorite and is someone who plays because he actually loves the game and not because of the money

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Jaysfan724
1 year 6 months ago

Kawasaki isn’t that good (stating the obvious), but more guys in the game definitely should possess his attitude towards the game. Guy was just thankful for an opportunity to play and he made the most of it.

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nickgarciataria
1 year 6 months ago

The difference between an ordinary .229 hitter and Kawasaki, is that Kawasaki gets his hits when it counts.

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jjs91
1 year 6 months ago

The jays finished 23 games out of first so i don’t think any situation really counted.

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Runtime
1 year 6 months ago

Here we go again…

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livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 6 months ago

It all counts and when it counts he has managed to put up a slash line of .229/.326/.308. Not impressive.

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Jared S
1 year 6 months ago

I think the quality of his at bats do matter and those are not counted. The number of 7, 8, 9 pitch walks he drew were pretty valuable. He is better than the numbers and honestly, he is probably the starting 2nd baseman for now over Goins and Izturis.

EDIT- I do want to re-iterate that I do hope that AA does trade or get a proper 2nd baseman. But between the 3, He is my #9 batter

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Jaysfan724
1 year 6 months ago

No way. Goins is #1 out of the 3…better bat and glove. Kawasaki is nothing greater than a bench player.

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$3534462
1 year 6 months ago

Here’s hoping he’s in AAA when the O’s have to play the Blue Jays.

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Runtime
1 year 6 months ago

I like this signing.
He was alright… I wouldn’t want him in an every day role like he was forced to last year.

But he’s a good guy on the bench. Grinds out a lot of at bats.

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double m
1 year 6 months ago

He leaves everything on the field and the fans react accordingly. I’m glad he’s back.
Not an everyday but great for the bench.

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Peterborough Dave
1 year 6 months ago

Good lord HOW is he great for the bench? Why do we Toronto sports fans absolutely worship mediocrity? No wonder we’ve had no championships in half a century!

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Runtime
1 year 6 months ago

…Do you really think a .300 hitting middle infielder is going to be sitting on a bench somewhere?

No. They’re going to get an every day job…

What do you expect them to sign for a bench role? Give your head a shake.

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ColoredPaper
1 year 6 months ago

Bam. Lawyered!

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babaganoosh
1 year 6 months ago

Looks like somebody doesn’t know what half a century is.