Tsuyoshi Nishioka Revisited

Five years ago this week, TwinsFest was abuzz with the promise and potential of a hotshot Japanese middle infielder.  Most Twins fans, and certainly the organization itself, would love to forget what happened next, which is exactly why it’s worth remembering… While playing for the Japanese Pacific League’s Chiba Lotte Marines in 2010, Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit .346/.423/.482 with 22 steals, 11 homeruns and 8 triples. Just 25-years-old, Nishioka had eight years of experience at Japan’s highest level. He was ready to take his talents to America. The Minnesota Twins meanwhile, were the two-time defending AL Central Division Champions. With their … Continue reading Tsuyoshi Nishioka Revisited