In order to clear space for the return of shortstop Jose Reyes, the Toronto Blue Jays optioned fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki following Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kawasaki’s eccentric character makes for great entertainment and some might say it was significant enough to play a role in the Jays’ franchise-tying 11-game win streak in the month of June.
Until next time, here are his greatest moments as a Toronto Blue Jay:
An epic post-game interview with Sportsnet’s Arash Madani after hitting walk off two-run double in the bottom of the ninth against the Orioles.
‘This is too much fun’: Kawasaki makes a suprise appearance on Intentional Talk.
He spends time playing catch with fans.
One of the best victory dances ever created.
His pre-game warm up routine includes headstands, dance moves and, apparently, foam rolls — which he got Jose Bautista into.
Dance moves that make Kawasaki Refer to himself as the “Japanese Michael Jackson” and manager John Gibbons also gets a laugh.
He sings O Canada while signing baseballs.
Finally, a smile on par with that of Reyes.