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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Hiromoto “Dave” Okubo intends to resign at season’s end to take responsibility for the club’s poor performance, a source said Saturday.

In Okubo’s first full season as manager after serving as interim skipper for a spell in 2014, the Eagles entered play on Saturday last in the Pacific League.

The Eagles’ 364 runs are the fewest in Nippon Professional Baseball. The club’s .315 on-base percentage is last in the PL and its .341 slugging average the lowest in NPB. When the Eagles do get on base, they don’t fare well. Okubo has had his club running a lot, but they have been caught stealing an NPB-high 54 times.

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