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Nishioka must be pretty freakin bad
It isn't awful you see a mainstream newspaper
Er, "It isn't OFTEN" I mean....
Star-Tribune's headline reads "Nishioka awful again in Twins loss." It isn't awful you see a mainstream newspaper headline straight up call a guy "awful," usually you see it say that someone "struggles" or something a little gentler. Nishioka must be pretty freakin bad
What I find impossible to understand is how he was able to make it to the Major Leagues, or the Japanese professional league for that matter, if he's really and truly this bad. I mean, some of this stuff seems like Little League clownshoes stuff. How is it possible?
Yesterday was actually a good example of that. After he made the stupid (and pretty unlucky) play of losing the popup in the sun, he compounded the mistake by throwing home when he had NO CHANCE of getting the runner. Routine mistake -> pressing -> bigger mistake -> failure spiral. It's a microcosm of his time with the Twins.
The reason for the breakup, according to the Doshin Sports Daily, was Nishioka’s fooling around. The news of his affair was made public in March of last year, at the same moment he was at spring training. Tokuzawa was five months pregnant at the time, and gave birth to a baby girl in September. (You can also check out this site as well)
I still need to confirm the above, but it can help explain a lot about Nishioka’s poor performance. The broken leg incident (see here) was just bad karma.
I liked this signing - thought there was some risk, but for the price...
Hasn't really worked out, huh?
No baserunning errors that I'm aware of but he's only been on base once.
but another to suddenly not understand fundamental baseball concepts and strategy. That's the part that has made me start guessing about his mindset.
This may be prejudice on my part but Nishioka reminds me of Akinori Iwamura after he came to the Pirates.
If you are searching for psychoanalysis, he also went through a high profile divorce from his super model wife.
You know, I've often wondered -- what's the line for getting the "super"? Are there any famous people just married to "models"? How does a "model" become a "super model". Is there an induction ceremony? A certain earnings threshold?
a lot more fun than doing Ichiro or Jack Morris again.
Still, he started with a ton of Japanese media attention in spring training last year,
Moving him from shortstop to second when he came to the US may not have been a good idea
Japanese players with acceptable but unremarkable careers:
Any number of relief pitchers
Yeah, how dare they pay a disproportionate amount of attention on baseball?! My god.
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