Skip to content

Munenori Kawasaki hits first career home run

Jun 21, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' Kawasaki celebrates his RBI single against Baltimore Orioles during their MLB game in Toronto Reuters

Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki hit his first career home run in the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Orioles. It was a two-run shot to right field off of Tommy Hunter that tied the game at six apiece. After rounding the bases and getting a round of high-fives in the dugout, his teammates pushed him back out into the field so he could acknowledge a raucous Toronto crowd. Kawasaki meekly emerged and politely bowed in several directions.

You may remember Kawasaki when he gave one of the best post-game interviews in baseball history after helping the Jays walk off victorious on May 26.

Kawasaki had entered the night with baseball’s second-longest career homerless streak among active non-pitchers, having racked up 287 plate appearances without going yard. Phillies outfielder Ben Revere leads the pack, by far, with 1,315.

Here’s the full list of players with a streak of at least 100 PA:

Rk Player PA HR From To Age Tm
1 Ben Revere 1315 0 2010 2013 22-25 MIN-PHI
2 Munenori Kawasaki 287 0 2012 2013 31-32 SEA-TOR
3 J.B. Shuck 239 0 2011 2013 24-26 HOU-LAA
4 Chase d’Arnaud 157 0 2011 2012 24-25 PIT
5 Justin Christian 155 0 2008 2012 28-32 NYY-SFG
6 Robbie Grossman 131 0 2013 2013 23-23 HOU
7 Chris Marrero 127 0 2011 2013 22-24 WSN
8 Jesus Feliciano 119 0 2010 2010 31-31 NYM
9 Jordan Brown 106 0 2010 2013 26-29 CLE-MIA
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/21/2013.

The Jays, by the way, walked off in the ninth on an RBI single by Rajai Davis. The 7-6 victory was the Jays’ ninth in a row, bringing them to .500 as they continue to gain ground in the AL East. As recently as June 10, the Jays were 12 games behind the first-place Red Sox. After the Sox wrap up their victory over the Orioles, the Jays will be a mere seven games behind.

Update (10:45 PM) — Had to add this in here:

Latest Posts
  1. Chris Rock catches a foul ball at Yankee Stadium, gives it to a kid

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT

    Video camera

    That’s kind of the whole story, but there’s nothing else going on right now.

  2. Masahiro Tanaka to throw against live hitters Saturday

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka AP

    Masahiro Tanaka’s attempt to avoid Tommy John elbow surgery with the rest-and-rehab approach has gone well enough that the Yankees right-hander will face live hitters for the first time Saturday.

  3. Cano, Puig, Pujols to participate in an All-Star series in Japan in November

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

    Japan Flag

    It’s better than no baseball in November, right?

  4. Rangers pull back Neal Cotts off waivers, won’t trade him

    Aug 21, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers Getty Images

    Texas not trading impending free agent reliever Neal Cotts before the July 31 deadline was surprising and now they’re going to hang onto the left-hander for the rest of the season.

  5. HBT Daily: Can’t stop the Nats

    Aug 21, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    HBT Daily Logo

    A nine game winning streak and a bunch of walkoff wins. Do they have a weakness right now?

  6. When will Ryan Zimmerman return to Nationals? “Sometime in September”

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman AP AP

    There’s only a week or so remaining in the minor-league season, so if Zimmerman wants to go on a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list he’s running out of time.

  7. The Cubs defend their grounds crew

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Wrigley Tarp Getty Images

    The Cubs have their grounds crew’s back.

  8. Yankees plan to shift David Phelps from the rotation to the bullpen

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles Getty Images

    Phelps started 17 games with a 4.28 ERA before being shut down with elbow problems three weeks ago.

  9. Cubs place struggling Edwin Jackson on the disabled list

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals Getty Images

    After signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs last offseason Edwin Jackson struggled last season and has now been a mess this year, giving him a combined 14-32 record and 5.47 ERA in 57 starts for Chicago.

  10. Miguel Cabrera aggravated an ankle injury last night

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    miguel cabrera getty Getty Images

    He’ll rub some dirt on it and play through, but the Tigers really don’t need this.

  11. Nationals’ nine-game winning streak is “absolutely epic”

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper AP

    The events taking place each evening on South Capitol Street are beginning to defy explanation.

  12. Kris Bryant reclaims minors leads with 41st homer

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    kris bryant getty Getty Images

    According to MLB.com the last minor leaguer with more than 41 homers in a season was Dallas McPherson of the Marlins with 42 at Triple-A in 2008.

  13. Salvador Perez to have an MRI on his knee

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    salvador perez light blue getty Getty Images

    He was hurt Monday. Played Tuesday. Out yesterday. Now it’s MRI time.

  14. Justin Verlander has avoided the disabled list and expects to start Saturday

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Two Getty Images

    Dating back to mid-May he has a 5.85 ERA in 17 starts, including an ERA higher than 4.50 in May, June, July, and August.

  15. ESPN Dallas guy says Yu Darvish should pitch through elbow pain

    Aug 21, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    yu darvish getty Getty Images

    When you put a football analyst on the baseball beat, you’re gonna have a bad time.

  16. A pitch clock in Major League Baseball? No thanks.

    Aug 21, 2014, 9:08 AM EDT

    Play Clock

    It feels like baseball is interested in continuing its bad habit of solving minor problems in the most disruptive and gimmicky way possible.

  17. Video: Brewers broadcast booth sends fan a beer after he loses his in a foul ball scrum

    Aug 21, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

    Replacement Beer

    Doing good deeds is not part of a TV broadcaster’s job, but people are friendlier in the Midwest.

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 21, 2014, 7:11 AM EDT

    Anthony Rendon Getty Images

    No one can stop the Nats. Who, as one young lad on their team says, are playing “absolutely epic” baseball right now.

  19. Yadier Molina swings a bat for first time since surgery for ligament tear in his right thumb

    Aug 20, 2014, 11:41 PM EDT

    yadier molina cardinals getty Getty Images

    Yadier Molina is beginning to make some progress. Brian Stull of STL Baseball Weekly reports that the star catcher took swings in an indoor batting cage Wednesday at Busch Stadium for the first time since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb July 9 on an awkward side-swiping slide into third base.

  20. Las Vegas hands South Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis her first Little League World Series loss

    Aug 20, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT

    mo'ne davis getty Getty Images

    Mo’ne Davis and the South Philadelphia Taney Dragons took their first blow Wednesday evening in the double-elimination Little League World Series.

Featured video

Who's to blame for Cubs tarp fiasco?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (3284)
  2. M. Cuddyer (2983)
  3. K. Bryant (2410)
  4. A. Garcia (2373)
  5. W. Myers (2230)
  1. J. Werth (2214)
  2. A. McCutchen (2155)
  3. Y. Molina (2126)
  4. T. Frazier (1913)
  5. M. Fiers (1912)