Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: twins

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Depressoteric 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Marc Sully's not booin'. He's Youkin'.
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogGiants purchase contract of 2B Uggla
(8 - 12:09am, Jul 28)
Last: Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick.

NewsblogSchoenfield: Why didn't the Braves win more titles?
(42 - 12:05am, Jul 28)
Last: Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick.

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(966 - 11:46pm, Jul 27)
Last: 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 7-27-2014
(145 - 11:46pm, Jul 27)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogDJ Short: Maximum stay on Hall of Fame ballot changed from 15 to 10 years
(55 - 11:33pm, Jul 27)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogFull Count » Mike Carp explains why he requested a trade from Red Sox
(15 - 11:30pm, Jul 27)
Last: Dale Sams

NewsblogGossage on Bonds, McGwire Hall hopes: ‘Are you f–king kidding?’
(105 - 11:25pm, Jul 27)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

NewsblogHall of Fame Announces Changes to Voting Process for Recently Retired Players, Effective Immediately
(81 - 11:18pm, Jul 27)
Last: Booey

NewsblogFull Count » Mike Carp, Felix Doubront and the challenges of player discontent on a struggling team
(3 - 11:15pm, Jul 27)
Last: Dale Sams

NewsblogHoVG: John Rocker Shows Up in Cooperstown… “Survivor” Up Next
(31 - 10:52pm, Jul 27)
Last: depletion

NewsblogDodgers and Diamondbacks Triple-A teams involved in wild brawl
(8 - 10:43pm, Jul 27)
Last: depletion

NewsblogRoger Angell goes into the Hall of Fame
(27 - 10:19pm, Jul 27)
Last: Howie Menckel

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1956 Ballot
(7 - 9:28pm, Jul 27)
Last: neilsen

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(3287 - 9:07pm, Jul 27)
Last: robinred

SABR - BBTF ChapterWho's going to SABR??
(100 - 6:40pm, Jul 27)
Last: Scott Fischthal

Page rendered in 0.1106 seconds
52 querie(s) executed