The Hiroshima Carp lingered in the clubhouse a little longer than usual after their unlikely playoff run skidded to a conclusion.

The team filed out of the locker room almost one at a time — first manager Kenjiro Nomura, then a few of the coaches, and finally a procession of players — down the long hallway, up the stairs, and through the revolving doors.

Out of Tokyo Dome and into the offseason.