Former Blue Jays fan favorite Munenori Kawasaki has announced his retirement after being released by his Japanese team. He says his heart is no longer in it.
Kawasaki played 3 seasons with the Jays. He hit .242/.326/.301 with 1 home run, 58 walks and 96 strikeouts. And 12 steals (but several very entertaining fake jumps from first, pretending to steal).
As a Jay he had a 2.2 bWAR, and I’m sure he’s the most popular replacement level player in Blue Jays history. I remember being told that Muni was a better team leader than Jose Bautista. That was a stretch, but, playing on a less that terrific Jays team, he was very entertaining to watch. He was a nice reminder that baseball is, above all else, entertainment.
But....I’m only posting this so I can post this video:
Congratulations Kawasaki, I hope you enjoy your retirement.