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Tsuyoshi Nishioka brutal error: Twins megabust botches first play back in bigs [VIDEO]

"Nishioka is the greatest scouting disaster since Little Bighorn," writes one Twins observer.
"Nishioka is the greatest scouting disaster since Little Bighorn," writes one Twins observer.

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It didn't take Tsuyoshi Nishioka long to remind Twins fans why he spent the first four months of the 2012 season in the minor leagues. In fact, it took just one play.

On Monday, Cleveland Indians leadoff hitter Jason Kipnis hit a routine grounder to Nishioka, who was playing second base during his big league return. But Nishi, bringing back bad memories of a brutal error during his first ever MLB game last season, botched it, juggling the ball before falling to the ground and flinging it somewhere in the vicinity of first base.

Here's the footage:

That wasn't the end of it -- he committed another error later in the game. So for those of you keeping score at home, through two games this season the 2010 Japanese league batting champion has two errors and zero hits in 10 at-bats. His futility will earn him $3 million.

Nish didn't deserve his call-up to the bigs. At AAA Rochester, he hit a putrid .245 with no power, barely better than his .226-with-poor-defense production at the MLB level last year. But with the team on the hook to pay him $3 million next season and no better young options in the minors, there's little to lose in giving Nishi one last shot.

Such is the plight of the 2012 Minnesota Twins.


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