Blue Jays fans looking to spice up baseball’s often-dreary midsummer classic have mounted a write-in campaign to send light-hitting, but energetic shortstop Munenori Kawasaki to the all-star game.

The tongue-in-cheek campaign encourages fans to “look into their hearts” instead of poring over statistics when deciding who should attend Major League Baseball’s annual talent showcase. (see official MLB ballot here)

In 47 games this season, Kawasaki is hitting .207 with a .322 on-base percentage, zero home runs and just five extra-base hits. But since joining the Jays in mid-April to replace the injured Jose Reyes, he has become a fan favourite in Toronto for his spirited play and eccentric behaviour, which includes bowing to teammates.

“My name is Munenori Kawasaki, I grew up in Japan, I am Japaneeeeeeese!!!” Kawasaki screamed in a post-game interview two weeks ago after hitting a walk-off double to secure a ninth-inning victory for the Jays.

Kawasaki, who speaks very little English, then pulled out a small notebook and began reciting various sports cliches. Video of the interview and Kawasaki’s goofball act promptly went viral.

The all-star game’s starting lineup is decided by fan ballot, with the rosters then filled out in a vote by players, managers and coaches.