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Highlight video of Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka

Dec 1, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

While the Twins negotiate with Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka after bidding $5 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, here’s a five-minute highlight video put together by his representatives at the Beverly Hills Sports Complex:

Nishioka looks pretty good, but then again I’m pretty sure someone could splice together five minutes of footage that makes Juan Castro look like a good player too.

Like many Japanese hitters Nishioka has a pronounced leg kick that precedes his swing, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Twins will ask him to ditch it, assuming they sign him.

  1. mfgesq - Dec 1, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Along with the fake Joe Mauer sideburns, every kid here in the Twin Cities will be showing off a pronounced leg kick in little league next year.

    • Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 1, 2010 at 4:08 PM

      Better than the pronounced beer gut they showed off in 1991.

  2. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 1, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Notably absent is the game where Wakui made his knees buckle with three straight sliders on October 10th(9th?)

  3. jfk69 - Dec 1, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Looks like he got that leg kick from playing softball. I would fast pitch him.

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