With Year 1 a loss, Nishioka turns his attention to Year 2

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 17, 2011 - 11:09 PM

The Japanese infielder plans to begin preparing for 2012 as soon as he can.

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jimiekSep. 17, 11 8:28 PM

The man has upside potential.

acoustic470Sep. 17, 11 8:53 PM

Yes, giving 100% is honorable and all but it doesn't mean you get to keep your job.

BallFourSep. 17, 11 8:56 PM

No year in which Harmon Killebrew dies can be a good one anyway, so maybe it's OK that the season was one big avalanche of bad = and we can hope for brighter days.

gominnySep. 17, 11 9:16 PM

$14.55 million with the possibility of being sent down to the minors! What was management thinking when they went after this guy? The other teams that went after Nishi must be laughing all the way to the bank, literally!

tommyteeSep. 17, 11 9:42 PM

I hope and I think we are all going to be pleasantly surprised by Nishi's success next year. He seems to have a strong work ethic and knows he has to be much stronger. Hopefully the players, the club and the fans can put this disaster of a season behind us. I don't think anyone on this team will take a four month vacation- I believe they will all get back to work in short order.

twinkie1Sep. 17, 11 9:48 PM

I hope to. I hope he spends next year in AAA.

ellinalSep. 17, 1110:01 PM

I'd rather he turn his attention towards a one way ticket back to Japan.

ercnelsonSep. 17, 1110:15 PM

Fire Bill Smith and every scout involved in this debacle. Buy out his contract and move on. He'll never have the strength to even hit a ball to the warning track, and he wouldn't start on a good bar league softball team defensively.

rodneyklineSep. 17, 1110:31 PM

Smith has not made one decision or trade that has worked, so he needs to go first. Then get rid of the strength and conditioning coach and the hitting coach. I blame injuries for this season and not anybody in particular but that doesn't mean people that were complete failures should be allowed to continue making these same mistakes.

rodneyklineSep. 17, 1110:33 PM

Minnesota nice has made us the worst sports town in the country and it is now time for Minnesota smart!


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