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Everything Cubs fans need to know about their new favorite player, Munenori Kawasaki

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The Cubs just got the deal of the offseason by signing utility infielder and perennial fan favorite Munenori Kawasaki to a Minor League deal with a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Muni has played 232 games over four seasons for the Mariners and Blue Jays (mostly the Blue Jays) and won a GIBBY Award for Cut4 Topic of the Year.

But most of what Kawasaki brings to the table can't be taught by a hitting instructor or a fielding coach. Muni's skillset features the kind of intangibles that fans drool over.

The man's got muscles.

The man's got moves.

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The man's got jokes.

 

He can hand-jive like he starred in his high school's production of "Grease."

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He brings a passion to the dugout that is unmatched by anyone in MLB.

He's in shape, thanks in large part to his, um, unusual warmup routine.

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Like Crash Davis from "Bull Durham," Muni knows exactly what to say to reporters.

He's can gaze through you and into your soul at his will.

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And, on top of all of those impressive skills, the man just has a huggable quality about him that even the game's greats can't resist.

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