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The Tokyo Yakult Swallows were disappointed to fall short in the Japan Series against the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, but weren’t crushed by the defeat.

While it’s possible the disappointment over the way the series ended, with the Hawks winning in five games, may never fade, it also means everything that came before, highs that hadn’t been reached in years, won’t either. First-year manager Mitsuru Manaka understood that, and his players left the clubhouse and headed into the offseason on Thursday night knowing it as well.

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