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Hiroshima Carp manager Koichi Ogata said Tuesday he will step down after his fifth season at the helm, a year in which the team was neither able to defend its Central League title nor advance to the Climax Series.

Under the guidance of the 50-year-old Ogata, the Carp won their third straight CL pennant last season, the first three-peat in franchise history. But this year, they finished fourth in the six-team league standings.

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