Munenori Kawasaki — BR Bullpen

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Munenori Kawasaki was the draft pick of the Daiei in 1999. He spent the next few primarily in the minors. In 2001. he was 0 for 4 in his time with Daiei. In he hit .232/.259/.357 and won the ni-gun Western batting title at .367. He played for Japan in the 2002 Cup. batting .417/.563/.458 6 runs in 8 games, but he fielded with five errors at base.

He was 7th in the tournament in batting Michel Enriquez beat him out as the 3B.

In 2003. he became a regular 3B Hiroki Kokubo got injured and hit .294/.352/.377. His 9 triples were in the Pacific League behind Arihito Muramatsu and he was 3rd in the PL with 30 behind Tadahito Iguchi and He was caught 16 times, the league

He hit .391/.462/.609 with five in the 2003 Japan Series to Daiei to the title.

The 2004 was even more productive. second behind Iguchi, hit .303/.387/.359 and led the PL with 42 steals (in 56 He also led the loop in triples (8) and Nobuhiko Matsunaka for the most . He made the Best Nine in the PL at and won a Gold Glove there as In 2005. at age 23, he slipped to .271/.326/.346 21 steals in 31 tries.

He was chosen to for Japan in the 2006 World Classic and was the regular shortstop; he hit and stole two bases in two attempts, six runs in eight contests for the club.

In 2006. Kawasaki .312/.364/.410 with 24 steals in 33 He was 6th in the PL in average, 9th with 69 runs, with 140 hits, tied others for the triple lead was third with 27 sacrifice was 4th in steals (but tied for in times caught as well) and 8th in

Kawasaki batted .329/.381/.428 in and was 23-for-31 in steals. His 7 triples Kensuke Tanaka for second, one Daisuke Hayakawa while he was 8th in Had he qualified, he would have third in average behind Inaba and Rick Short.

went 4 for 11 with two walks in the Asian Championship and was the tourney with two stolen bases. won the title and clinched a spot in the Olympics .

Kawasaki became the position player to be named play MVP in Nippon Pro Baseball he hit .366 in interleague competition in He won a 2 million yen prize as MVP. the season, Munenori hit .321/.350/.394 19 steals in 28 attempts despite time for the Olympics.

He was third in behind Short and Hiroyuki tied for third in triples (6) and was in swipes. In the 2008 Olympics. was 4 for 7 with a walk and 2 runs as a to Nakajima at shortstop; Japan to win a Medal.

Kawasaki was a solid backup for Japan, as the national team was when they won the 2009 Baseball Classic. going 3 for 7 a steal, 3 runs and a RBI and filling in at base after Shuichi got injured. During the 2009 with the Fukuoka Softbank he hit an uncharacteristically low .259 but scored 73 and stole 44 bases. In 2010. he back to .316, getting 190 but only scored one more run the previous year.

In 2011. he hit with Fukuoka, with 71 and 31 steals.

In 2012. Kawasaki to give North America a A free agent, he did not elicit a lot of from major league and had to settle for a minor league with the Seattle Mariners. with an invitation to spring However, the Mariners’ poor in 2011 meant that was a potential opening to be had, at as a back-up infielder and possibly as the at shortstop.

When he accepted the Mariners’ on January 11th. he explained his to accept such a low offer, in of his impressive resumé, by stating he wished to play alongside team teammate Ichiro ; ironically, that was also the that pitcher Hisashi had invoked a few days earlier he had accepted a very modest to join the M’s. He played 61 as a utility infielder for the M’s, .192/.257/.292 with only one hit in 104 at-bats.

He was released after the and signed with the Toronto Jays for 2013. After the season in the minor leagues the AAA Buffalo Bisons. he was recalled to the big and temporarily handed the starting job after Jose Reyes down with an ankle on April 12th.

He quickly endeared himself to Jays fans by showing he knew how to play the game the way, hustling all the time, down bunts, and running on the bases, to make up for his lack of and middling batting average. On May he hit a walk-off double to cap a four-run 9th comeback that gave the a 7-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles. a day in which he went 3 for 5 with 3

He hit his first career homer those same Orioles on 21st. connecting Tommy for a game-tying two-run shot in the of the 7th; the Jays went on to win game, their 9th straight win allowed them to reach the mark for the first time. The coincided with the first game for Reyes, raising the of what the Jays would do their new fan favorite once was ready to reclaim his rightful position.

Alas, he was the odd man out when Reyes was on June 25th. being down to Buffalo. His teammates unanimous in praising his contribution in absence, and indeed the Blue called him back at the first when they placed LF Melky Cabrera on the disabled two days later. Apart for a in the minors from mid-July to he spent the remainder of the year in

He ended the year with a line of .229/.326/.308 in 96 games 1 homer and 24 RBI and 7 steals in 8 attempts. At AAA he hit .250 in 25 games with an OBP of

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