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Twins 2B booting re-entry to big leagues

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08:11 AM ET 08.09 | After another rough game in a long Twins season, Tsuyoshi Nishioka was reportedly unavailable to the English-speaking media on Wednesday before catching a flight to Rochester, N.Y. The question now is whether he simply belongs there. That's not the plan, of course. The second baseman is supposed to be picking up things from his place in Rochester, where he played 84 games with the Class AAA Red Wings before being recalled Monday for another chance with the big-league club. By season's end, the Twins will have paid Nishioka $6 million, and they're on the hook for another season at $3 million in 2013, so the organization owes it to itself to see if he can play. But after his performance Wednesday, one has to wonder if the Twins have seen enough.

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August 9, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Some of these signings from Japan work out. Some don't. Too early to tell on Yu, for instance -- though he undoubtedly has enormous talent. Nishioka? Not so much ...

August 9, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Where is Rod Carew?

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August 9, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Where's Rod Carew.

August 9, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Where's Rod Carew.

Somewhere glad that he isn't on the Twins.

August 9, 2012  10:20 AM ET

When the Twins Rookie Rod Carew threw the ball in the stands Calvin Griffth told the manager to send him back to minors, he can't play second base, thae manager said to the owner, I will take responsibility the kid has a lot of talent. Carew showed up every day at the park to work with the manager on his defensive skills, needless to say the manager was right and Carew went into the Hall of Fame, the manager was also a rookie manager, his name Billy Martin!!!

August 9, 2012  10:42 AM ET

The IL season is over Labor Day weekend anyway and you owe this man money next year and the Twinkles are playing out the season to, so why not play him everyday and see what he can do or needs to work on to improve for next season.

August 9, 2012  11:25 AM ET

Owners either quit too soon, 0r hang on too long. Not sue if this is reality, or just the way it is reported. It is too soon to give up on this guy.

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August 9, 2012  12:18 PM ET

nishioka hasn't been any good if at all,,,,

August 9, 2012  01:39 PM ET

right now with the investment in him, you have to give him a shot since you will be on the books for him anyways and the twins aren't going to be contending this year. might as well see what he's got and figure out what his future holds. give him a little while and if he hasn't straightened it out by seasons end then it may be the same process repeated next year while they're still on the hook for him.

August 9, 2012  01:51 PM ET

He was exactly tearing it up at AAA either. I can see why the Twins are giving it another shot. It's not like they're on a play off hunt. But it's a good time to start planning for 2013 and I just don't see Nishioka turning it around. He's just way over matched at this level of baseball. And now he's taking time and a spot from other young players the Twins could checking out.

I think it's time to admit the gamble didn't pay off. Swallow the $3 million for next year and just release him and be done with it. Expensive lesson learned.

August 9, 2012  01:53 PM ET

Clarification to my post above... I meant to write: He WASN'T exactly tearing it up at AAA either. Sorry for the typo.

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August 9, 2012  07:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Where is Rod Carew?

maybe the angels need a new hitting coach?? well perhaps both, pitching coach, and hitting coach!!!

August 9, 2012  07:28 PM ET

i would wellcome barry bonds, or chuck finley as their hitting coach,,,,, for the halos because the way things are flowing in anaheim aren't looking too positive at all,,,

August 9, 2012  07:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Owners either quit too soon, 0r hang on too long. Not sue if this is reality, or just the way it is reported. It is too soon to give up on this guy.

sometimes the organizations and the owners hold onto a fake product in the minors, and sometimes the front office trade a good quality prospects without even taking any type of consideration about that highly toughted prospect,,, example the braves trade a good bunch of good hitters to the rangers for texeira,,, the dodgers back in the 90's trade pedro martinez to the montreal expos,,,,

August 9, 2012  07:34 PM ET
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example the braves trade a good bunch of good hitters to the rangers for texeira,,, the dodgers back in the 90's trade pedro martinez to the montreal expos,

all this prospects from the braves were the cream and quality from the braves that now the rangers got great benefits,,,, pedro at the end was one of the best pitchers in the last century,,,

 
August 9, 2012  07:34 PM ET

next,,,

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