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Sanspo: Tsuyoshi Nishioka comments on posting

by on Nov.11, 2010 @ 4:30 am, under NPB

Sanspo has posted some comments from Tsuyoshi Nishioka's meeting with the press on Wednesday.

When did you decide you wanted to be posted?

It wasn't until we became champions that I felt this way.  The stuff that was mentioned before that caused a fuss for the club, the players, and the fans.  And for that I apologize.

When did you start dreaming about the Majors?

It was when [Hideo] Nomo was pitching in the US and I thought how amazing that was.  I thought I wanted to try that one day.  That was a dream I had ever since I was a kid.

Now you have to wait for the club to reply...

Regardless of whether or not it's a yes or a no, I just want to continue to enjoy playing baseball next year.  I'll of course be happy if I get a positive reply.

Which club would you like to play for?

There is none.  This isn't free agency, so I can't pick.  If I can play in the Majors, I'll be happy anywhere.  If there's a team that'll take me, I'll do my best for them.

You'll be attempting this at a young age.

There haven't been any successful Japanese infielders yet.  Of course I know it won't be easy.  I'd like to attempt this while I'm still young and change that image about Japanese players.

8 comments on “Sanspo: Tsuyoshi Nishioka comments on posting

  1. Eric Lord

    Ooo, bit of a shot at his teammate Tad Iguchi there at the end, no? Didn’t he win a World Series with the Sox in ’05?

  2. Blacklabel

    Yeah no doubt! I mean he plays on the same team RIGHT NEXT to the guy who started on a World Series team and has TWO World Series rings (1 he earned and 1 he didnt, but Nishioka didnt earn his Japan Series ring this year either).

    I wasn’t gonna say anything because I just dont like the guy to begin with, but I am glad someone else noticed that too.

    1. Gen Post author

      Seems like Nishioka is one of those players you either love or hate. But I guess he sort of brings that upon himself.

      BTW: Nishioka’s Impossible is Nothing commercial for adidas appears to be gaining traction on various US news sites as a piece to help introduce him to the masses. I don’t know about anyone else, but I had a really hard time sitting through the entire video. For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the commercial – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUgDJD7ZM4A

    2. Steve

      I manage to both love and dislike the guy. Love for obvious reasons (+ I like shortstops and + I like his flair on the field), dislike because he spent the last few years playing hard (or at all) when he felt like it and is an egomaniac. He’s got a great bat and great defensive range but is horrid on the basepaths for someone with his speed. I’ll be both really sad to see him go and happy to see a (hopefully) large posting fee come in to help the club.

      A fan relationship with Tsuyoshi is a relationship with a lot of contradictions, IMO.

    3. Ed

      I thought the Adidas ad was one of the better. I quite like the artistic, philosophical angle to it. I commented previously about hearing about him wanting to go to MLB just before the Japan Series. A very bad time to be saying things like that. For that, I’ll dislike him. Also, last year, when the fans were against the owners, he took the opportunity to criticize the fans which resulted in a boycott from the right field ouendan. When that said, he has worked hard in the Marines organization all these years, he is not afraid to say what he feels. He is frank and sometimes that is a good thing. Also, if he has dreams he wants to follow I think he should do so. I’ll miss Tsuyoshi. With Kiyota and Ogino and Tsuyoshi playing as regulars with the rest of the current Marines, this team would be dominating NPB for many years to come. Marines will need to fill a big hole.

    4. Gen Post author

      If Ogino and Kiyota don’t hit any major setbacks in their development, the Marines are going to have a pretty good outfield. Okada isn’t too shabby either.

    5. Steve

      Don’t forget Shota Ishimine :)

      I wondered if Ogino or Kiyota could make a move to SS, actually. You’d think CF -> SS wouldn’t be as hard a transition as some.

  3. Deanna

    It might have helped if Gen had actually posted a link to the article he translated these from.

    What Nishioka actually said is that there haven’t been any Japanese infielders who were a HUGE success in the majors, 大成功したことがない. It’s not saying there haven’t been ANY who had some success… I think his meaning is more like “there hasn’t been an Ichiro-caliber impact infielder, and I want to be that one”.

    Now, given, I also think Nishioka is a jerk, and probably didn’t even think about what he was insinuating about his teammate Iguchi. But well, that’s classic Nishioka for you.

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