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MLB5 reasons we'll miss Munenori Kawasaki

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 09:25 AM

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Munenori Kawasaki (66) was always quick to cheer on and congratulate his Blue Jays teammates, like here after a win against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, the same game where he hit his first MLB home run. (Brad White/Getty Images) Munenori Kawasaki (66) was always quick to cheer on and congratulate his Blue Jays teammates, like here after a win against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, the same game where he hit his first MLB home run. (Brad White/Getty Images)

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Munenori Kawasaki, the Blue Jays' sparkplug of a shortstop, was optioned to triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday as Jose Reyes returns form injury. Take a look back at how the colourful Japanese player captured the hearts of Jays fans.
Munenori Kawasaki, the Blue Jays' sparkplug of a shortstop, was demoted to triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday as Jose Reyes returns from injury.

Take a look back at how the colourful Japanese player captured the hearts of Jays fans:

1. He helped the Blue Jays start "to become family."

That's a quote from pitcher R.A. Dickey, just one of several new Blue Jays who have struggled at times with the team this season. Perhaps Kawasaki's light-hearted nature has helped his teammates loosen up? It sure helps when he knocks in the winning runs, as he did on May 26 against Baltimore.



2. His enthusiasm and candid interviews

This post-game interview with Sportsnet's Arash Madani -- after Kawasaki hit that walk-off double -- went viral, and for good reason:



3. He interacts with the fans

Some Blue Jays fans at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field were glad they showed up to the game early. They helped the shortstop warm up before the game:



4. His celebration after a big play

... which he broke out after his first major league home run against the Orioles on Friday:



5. He knows how to move

Jose Bautista captured this video of Kawasaki's dance moves on the team's charter flight to Tampa Bay after they swept the Orioles over the weekend:



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