Tsuyoshi Nishioka apologizes for sucking, leaves Twins

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Next time you see Nishi, he might be wearing this uniform again.
So what was your favorite Tsuyoshi Nishioka Twins moment?

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Was it when he botched the first routine grounder he saw this season so badly it prompted fans to wonder whether he'd been drinking sake before the game? Or maybe it occurred a couple days later when he lost a pop fly in the sun, capping off a series where he batted 0-for-12 with three errors and two more non-error defensive botches?

Whatever the case, one of the worst signings in franchise history is now officially a thing of the past. Two years and $11 million later, Nishioka today asked for and received his release from the Twins.

For their investment, the Twins received .215 batting, no home runs, 20 RBIs, and atrocious defense. This from a guy who was the batting champion and a Gold Glove winner his last season in Japan. Maybe Tsyoshi is allergic to America or something?

In a statement, Nishioka apologized to the fans for sucking:
I would like to thank the Twins organization for helping me fulfill my dream of playing in Major League Baseball. I take full responsibility for my performance which was below my own expectations. At this time, I have made the decision that it is time to part ways. I have no regrets and know that only through struggle can a person grow stronger. I appreciate all the support the team and the fans in Minnesota and Rochester have shown me.
Nishi's contract called for the Twins to pay him $3 million next year, but he gave up that dough in exchange for his release.

Assuming they use that money to bring in another player -- and that's no sure thing with the penny-pinching Twins -- let's hope Terry Ryan and company do a better job scouting talent than Bill Smith did when he paid $5 million just for the right to negotiate with a player who will go down as one of the biggest busts in franchise history.

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jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler

Bad writing, but thanks for the info. I think with another year or two he could have been a contender. I hope another team picks him up because I saw the potential. Maybe the rest of twins should also "apologize for sucking".

riely111
riely111

Ugh, I feel so bad for this guy. So he didn't live up to our expectations - he's human! That happens, sometimes. He tried- it wasn't as though he misled us on purpose. I just cannot imagine how it'd feel to be at the top of your class, move to a whole new country, and then have an entire state of people tear you apart when you don't live up to their expectations.  

petelavoie
petelavoie

@atrupar I've got a Nishi jersey in my closet collecting dust. Waiting for the day I can wear it again without shame.

Fred Lange
Fred Lange

Can we get some of that money back?

twins94
twins94

So because he's Japanese, he must be drinking Sake... Nice.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Well at least they wasted a good chunk of money.... You won't be missed and I don't care what you do with your life back home!

Wade Shores
Wade Shores

An honorable move, best of luck Nishi.

webcelt
webcelt

No matter how lousy he was on the field, that was a stand up way he left. He could have caused a stink and demanded all his money. I have difficulty blaming the Twins for thinking a gold glove and batting title winner might be a good player.

Melissa Barnes
Melissa Barnes

My fav moment was when he lost a pop fly in the sky and turned and walked away like gravity didn't exist and the ball would never land.

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