Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Nishioka sounds eager to join the Twins

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins offense Updated: November 29, 2010 - 12:14 PM

Tsuyoshi Nishioka has yet to join the Twins, but he sounds ready to help the ballclub any way he can. The Twins have until late December to sign Nishioka after submitting the winning bid, about $5 million, for his negotiating rights.

A friend passes along these quotes from Nishioka's press conference in Tokyo after being awarded his third Gold Glove award (second as a shortstop):

Regarding the Twins:

"Minnesota Twins has been contending to the playoff every year. To play for the good team is one of my my wishes. I am happy that I could advance one step forward."

Playing second base or shortstop?

"I have no preference. My goal is play every day."

Regarding the negotiation with the Twins:

"I have nothing to say now. I leave everything to my agent. I don't think that I will give up the idea of going to majors because of the amount of money. I want to win the championship in U.S., too. "


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