Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/25/13
The Toronto Blue Jays officially made the tough and soon to be unpopular decision to demote fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki after Tuesday’s loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Jays needed to secure a roster spot in order to activate All-Star Jose Reyes from the disabled list making Kawasaki expendable. Reyes was on the bench near the end of the game and is expected to be activated for Wednesday’s series finale. Kawasaki,unfortunately for him still had options and the Jays could slide him back to their triple-a affiliate in Buffalo without him having to clear waivers. There were other names mentioned and surely discussed like Emilio Bonifacio, Dustin McGowan and Juan Perez however all three would have been exposed on the wire. The 32-year old infielder reached rock star status amongst Blue Jays fans due to his charisma and viral interviews in broken English. Veteran pitcher Mark Buehrle even went as far to call Kawasaki one of the best teammates he has ever played alongside....
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