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That was a shocker. Talking here about the resignation of Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara on Sept. 26. Sure, it had been rumored for days, but I for one did not expect it would really happen.

I mean, here’s a young guy, for a manager, at 45 years old, a lifelong Giants family member. He’s in his second year as the skipper after winning a decisive victory in the Central League in 2002, then sweeping the Japan Series over the Seibu Lions.

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