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Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s thoughts on the Minnesota Twins

by on Nov.30, 2010 @ 12:39 pm, under MLB, NPB

Tsuyoshi Nishioka spoke publicly about being posted for the first time since the Chiba Lotte Marines announced they would accept the winning bid.  His comments, picked from a number of sources.

Nikkan Sports: "[The Twins] have a young team and they have some star players.  They're always playoff contenders.  Myself, I wanted to play for a strong team.  [It's about] growing by pushing each other.  So I was happy in that sense as well. ... I don't plan on saying anything about money.  I'm going to let my agent handle that 100%."

Daily Sports: "[When I think of Minnesota] I imagine it being cold. ... I've lived all 26 years of my life in Japan, I think it'll be difficult adjusting, like with the food.  But I don't want that to get me down, I want to enjoy my life. ... Baseball is my job, I don't plan on arguing about money at all."

Sponichi: "I can say with 100% certainty that money won't be a reason for me not to go to the Majors.  I want to win a championship in the US."

Chunichi Shimbun: "If I don't put up numbers, I won't be able to play.  Getting to play is the best.  That's what I'd like to focus on."

Incidentally, at least two media sites (Sanspo and Nikkan Sports) are quoting the Star Tribune's John Bonnes' article on Nishioka, entitled: What To Expect From Tsuyoshi Nishioka.