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Friday, September 28, 2012

Twins grant Nishioka’s request for release

Is Nishioka’s 0 for 12 the worst final season ever?

The Minnesota Twins and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka are parting ways.

Nishioka approached the team about his release, and the Twins granted the request by letting him go unconditionally. That means Minnesota is not responsible for the $3 million remaining on Nishioka’s contract next season or its $250,000 buyout provision.

The Twins signed Nishioka from Japan prior to the 2011 season, giving him a three-year, $9.25 million contract. While playing in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Nishioka was a batting champion and a Gold Glove infielder. But that success never translated to the American game.

...“I would like to thank the Twins organization for helping me fulfill my dream of playing in Major League Baseball,” Nishioka said in a statement. “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.”

Repoz Posted: September 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Esoteric Posted: September 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4248086)
Wow. He pulled a Gil Meche and just gave back the money.

It seems that a disproportionate number of the guys that do this are Japanese. I remember Kenji Johjima doing the same thing, and Kaz Sasaki as well.
   2. Tripon Posted: September 28, 2012 at 01:08 PM (#4248098)
Well, they have the option to play in their domestic league. Also, I think Kaz Sasaki had a scandal that he had to deal with.
   3. Dale Sams Posted: September 28, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4248107)
Jenks gave the Sox a break also.
   4. Gamingboy Posted: September 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4248112)
Well, I guess the Rochester Red Wings are going to need a new middle infielder. Hm, Toby Gardenhire didn't suck that bad in the WBC. Maybe it's time to give Nepotism a chance again. Wouldn't be that much of a difference at times.
   5. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: September 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4248146)
Jenks gave the Sox a break also.

I had already completely forgotten about him. Wow.
   6. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 28, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4248152)
I think Kaz Sasaki had a scandal that he had to deal with.


Sasaki had the suitcase incident and problems with his wife back in Japan.
   7. DL from MN Posted: September 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM (#4248156)
My guess is he makes up the difference in Japan over the next few seasons. Japanese scouts were following him in September so it isn't a shock that he would be returning to Japan. The shock is the Twins didn't have to negotiate a buyout.
   8. DL from MN Posted: September 28, 2012 at 01:58 PM (#4248159)
Nishioka had a pretty rough couple of years. Breaks his leg, gets a divorce, is so bad at baseball he loses his AAA job.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: September 28, 2012 at 01:58 PM (#4248160)
Jenks gave the Sox a break also.


Didn't they come to some agreement? I don't remember him just voluntarily walking away and forfeiting his salary.
   10. Dale Sams Posted: September 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4248212)
They did, but Jenks *could* have kept the whole wad...and I'm surprised we never hear any stories about these players not getting any Christmas cards from MLPBA after they walk away.

   11. Nasty Nate Posted: September 28, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4248222)
They did, but Jenks *could* have kept the whole wad...and I'm surprised we never hear any stories about these players not getting any Christmas cards from MLPBA after they walk away.


Presumably, Jenks got something out of the deal, right?
   12. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: September 28, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4248227)
I'm surprised we never hear any stories about these players not getting any Christmas cards from MLPBA after they walk away.


Why would this be surprising? The MLBPA should tell players that they don't have the right to retire? It's not like a couple of guys walking away from the last year or two of their long-term contracts is going to have any negative impact on the next guy who's trying to negotiate a lucrative long-term contract. OTOH, I bet the MLBPA would have some words with a player who offered to tear up his multi-million dollar contract and play for the minimum instead.
   13. JJ1986 Posted: September 28, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4248238)
Presumably, Jenks got something out of the deal, right?


He got away from the Red Sox medical staff.
   14. Bhaakon Posted: September 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM (#4248637)
Why would this be surprising? The MLBPA should tell players that they don't have the right to retire? It's not like a couple of guys walking away from the last year or two of their long-term contracts is going to have any negative impact on the next guy who's trying to negotiate a lucrative long-term contract.


Quite the opposite, I'd think. Teams would be much more willing to offer long term deal, particularly to older players, if more of them retired in the face of eroding skills or career-ending injury. Not that there's anything wrong with holding on for the money or the love of the game.

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