Tsuyoshi Nishioka Released by Minnesota Twins: 8 Takeaways from the Experiment

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka Released by Minnesota Twins: 8 Takeaways from the Experiment
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The Tsuyoshi Nishioka era in Minnesota is over.

The Minnesota Twins announced that the move was requested by the struggling Japanese shortstop, who batted .215, had 50 hits (no home runs) and 19 RBI with two stolen bases.

A much-hyped player before coming to America, Nishioka was a standout for the Chiba Lotte Marines in his home country. From 2003-'10, he hit .293, had 911 hits (55 home runs) and 300 RBI with two stolen bases.

His play did not transfer to the majors, however, and he requested his release yesterday.

Here are a couple takeaways from his career in Minnesota.

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