Nishioka's release gives Twins relief

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 29, 2012 - 1:02 AM

He asked for and received his release, and the Twins are no longer on the hook for the $3.25 million they owed him.

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Douglind33Sep. 28, 12 9:13 PM

Willingham and Deduno done for the season...so are the rest of these guys.

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QbikerSep. 28, 12 9:20 PM

Best news of the day! What a colossal failure! I think a lot of MLB teams will now be hesitant to pay big bucks to sign a Japanese player in the future.

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ollie3Sep. 28, 1210:11 PM

.667 winning percentage when he was in the lineup this year. Just sayin.....let me know when Blackie is released and gives back his $5.5 million due next year. Maybe a lot of MLB teams will now be hesitant to give big contracts to white American pitchers.

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scottsdadSep. 28, 1210:48 PM

Nishi taking the honorable way out. I can still hear Bill Smith's lispy voice saying She-OH-she Nish-i-OH-ka when bragging about his signing of the Japanese baseball star. yechhhhh. I feel bad for Nishi committing harry carey, but Smith's gotta take the blame for this one.

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slammanSep. 28, 1210:58 PM

Next on the Twins list of things to do should be releasing Gardenhire. How many losses does it take for him to lose his job?

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BallFourSep. 28, 1211:28 PM

Like to see the Strib round up a person literate in Japanese and have them review some of Nishi's quotes in the Japanese press. I have a hunch what he says through his interpreter to the U.S. media might not match what he says to the nationals.

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thickandthinSep. 28, 1211:39 PM

Good riddance.

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firefly70Sep. 29, 1212:13 AM

"I think a lot of MLB teams will now be hesitant to pay big bucks to sign a Japanese player in the future.":__ Yeah. I'm sure Seattle completely regrets having signed Ichiro Suzuki with his lifetime BA of .322; his two AL batting titles; and his 10 consecutive seasons of +200 hits; being an All-Star and Gold Glove winner 11 years in a row. And I'm sure the Yankees really regret having signed Hideki Matsui when he drove in over 100 runs in 4 of his first 5 seasons with them; or when he batted at least .285 in 5 of his first 6 seasons; and averaged over 20 HR's when he's played a full season for them; and his .312 BA in the post-season, including .389 in his two World Series with them. And I'm sure the Texas Rangers are beating themselves up right now for having signed Yu Darvish. Especially since he is struggling with a 16-9 record; 3.90 ERA; over 184 IP; 214 K's and averaging over 10 K's per 9 innings. Imagine how much better Texas would be if they hadn't signed this Japanese player (they've only won 92 games so far, and only lead Oakland by 3.5 games and have only won 19 of the 28 games he's started - clearly he's not keeping the Rangers in the games he's started).

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justsammySep. 29, 12 4:34 AM

Seems as if the Twins management's part in this is never fathomed: going to Japan and plucking off it's best hitter and placing him in next year's lineup is not a bright idea; the two cultures and languages are very far apart. There's got to be some serious cultural preparation to make the transition successful. I hope somewhere this is achieved. Just 3.25 million on 11.2 returned… a good deal for Nishi to get out of Minnesota with a modicum of face. The other part of this saga that's not given enough consideration is Swisher's take out. While no one could blame him officially, I do feel there was unnecessary roughness there, or more plainly brutality. Had management bridged the cultural/language gap with Nishi, gotten him prepared for Swisher, there's no telling what the story might be today. A broken leg can break a career in some cases. Witness Pete Rose's take out of a catcher in an Allstar game. Pointless aggressiveness for that unimportant game. The guy never was the same. Seems as if the Twins management's part in this is never fathomed: going to Japan and plucking off it's best hitter and placing him in next year's lineup is not a bright idea; the two cultures and languages are very far apart. There's got to be some serious cultural preparation to make the transition successful.

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comment229Sep. 29, 12 5:32 AM

I know a few current twins who could give back some money. They haven't earned it and probably won't from here on out.

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