Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.

The Forums

Trevor May Future Closer

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:06 AM
Trevor May has the stuff to be the next great closer. After reading prior opinions for putting May back in the rotation I have to disagre...
Full topic ›

Seattle fires Jack Zduriencik

Other Baseball Today, 09:05 AM
Another GM bites the dust. Quite the fall from the heady "#6 org" days. The asst GM he brought with him didnt even last this long...Blen...
Full topic ›

Escobar's slash line since the Santana demotion

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:49 AM
.286 .364 .469 .833 in 55 PAs.   It's enough to make me want to tear my hair out. Half this board called for Escobar to start FOR MO...
Full topic ›

What changed? iPad display messed up.

Questions About MinnCentric Today, 08:35 AM
It was fine this morning; now everything is tiny. I can zoom in, but have to do so on every page. Something in a .css, maybe?
Full topic ›

Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/28): Friday Night L...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:34 AM
Rains were again a factor on Friday night. The games in Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids were delayed by rain. In fact, Cedar Rapids was actual...
Full topic ›
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email


Twins Must Erase Memories of Nishioka

Attached Image: nishioka3.jpg Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was optioned to the minors today to make room for Trevor Plouffe, has probably played his last game in a Twins uniform. His memory will endure, however – probably for longer than the team would like.

In a sense, you can't help but feel bad for the guy. He worked hard and tried his best, but in the end he couldn't cut it, and his demotion in the wake of an audition so horrendous it needed to be cut short after three games serves as a reminder of the most misguided decision in a blunder-filled Bill Smith era.
[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
The signing of Nishioka and the corresponding roster maneuvering – namely, trading J.J. Hardy for what amounted to nothing – were puzzling at the time and far worse in hindsight.

It's not that the moves themselves have set the organization back irreversibly, as Nishioka's $3 million salary is hardly a massive burden and Hardy has come hurdling back to earth in year one of his new contract (though I'd argue he's still a decent value at $7 million). It's more that the thought process behind the decisions – the misplaced priorities, the awful player evaluation, the lack of long-term foresight – represented everything wrong with the front office under Smith. These weaknesses were also on display in moves like the Nick Blackburn extension, the Carl Pavano re-signing and the Matt Capps trade.

Mixed in with a good hint of bad luck, this shaky leadership sent a thriving and annually competitive franchise to the very bottom. The Twins lost 99 games last year and they're on pace to lose 92 this year. If it pans out that way, it will be the worst two-year stretch for the club since the early '80s.

The middle infield positions, which have been constant problem spots over the past decade, continue to be filled by stopgaps and marginal big-leaguers. And as long as that continues to be the case, people will remember Nishioka.

Terry Ryan's job is to make them forget.


  • Share:
  • submit to reddit
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

More From MinnCentric

0 Comments