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SENDAI — The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have fired manager Marty Brown after just one season, baseball sources said Wednesday.

In the first season of a two-year deal with the volatile skipper, Rakuten dropped to the cellar of the Pacific League after finishing second in 2009 under the popular Katsuya Nomura, who was not re-signed but stayed on with the team as honorary manager.

Rakuten, which played the Seibu Lions in its last game of the season the same day, was expected to make an announcement after the game.

Brown managed the Hiroshima Carp from 2006 to 2009, but his teams never finished higher than fourth. The 47-year-old also played for the Carp from 1992 to 1994.

The hot-tempered Brown has been ejected a record 12 times over his managerial career, four times this season.

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