Yesterday we talked about our least favorite Jays.
Today let’s talk about our favorite players who weren’t great players, at least for the Blue Jays.
I’ll start with Munenori Kawasaki (if for no other reason than to get people to pick someone else). Kawasaki played three seasons for the Blue Jays. He hit .242/.326/.301 in 201 games and had a 1.6 bWAR.
But, his value wasn’t baseball, his value was reminding us that baseball was meant to be entertainment. He was fun. Maybe he was a throwback to the days when there were players who were fun to watch, when players could have fun at their job.
He made us smile, he made his teammates smile. When we had him, we didn’t need Ace. Willie Stargell used to say “When they start the game, they don’t yell, “Work ball.” They say, “Play ball.”” I think we often forget that. Baseball, doesn’t have to always be serious.
So who, after Munenori, is your favorite replacement level Blue Jay.