Popular former major leaguer Munenori Kawasaki charmed Taiwanese fans Saturday with his mix of humor and mischief before beginning his coaching stint next month with Taiwan's Wei Chuan Dragons.

Kawasaki has competed in Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball but left the game in March 2018 when an illness left him unable to play. He has signed a deal with the Dragons as a guest coach but emphasized his passion still lies in playing.

"Baseball is my passion," he said. "Ninety percent of my heart is as a baseball player, and the remaining 10 percent as a coach."