Monday, November 29, 2010

Minnesota Twins Secure Rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka

Tsuyoshi NishiokaThe Minnesota Twins have won the right to negotiate with 26-year-old infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on a major league contract. Apparently the sum to earn the right to negotiate with the Japanese star costed around $5 million. Nishioka led Japan's Pacific League with a .346 batting average this season and had 206 hits, becoming the first Pacific League player to get 200 hits since Ichiro Suzuki. He led the Marines to this year's Japan Series championship. The Twins have 30 days to work out a deal with Nishioka. He could play either shortstop or 2nd base.


  1. this is awesome. hope it pays off

  2. The Twins would be well-advised to make Tsuyoshi Nishioka take a drug test before making a final decision on him. In one word: steroids.

    The word is that it was his fellow teammate Tadahito Iguchi who got him started.

    In April 2009, Nishioka was out a few weeks for what was described as a 'hamstring' injury. However, subsequent MRIs indicated 'fasciitis' in reference to the fascia that surround the 'hamstring' muscle; this is where the fascia tissues tighten/contract somehow (eg due to reduced blood flow, dehydration and/or stress) and since they are inelastic by nature/definition, they do not spontaneously "let go" and remain tight no matter how much the patient stretches (their hamstrings).

    Steroid abusers sometimes suffer from this type of excess dehydration and fasciitis results. Of course, with the naive mentality that "Japan is an island country and there cannot ever be a drug problem on its sacred shores", drug testing is virtually non-existent.

    Although Nishioka is still slight by American standards, in the past year, he has bulked up considerably. Go into the photo archives and compare for yourself. Late growth spurt? Doubt it. Hitting the weights? Not according to his teammates.