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Hanshin Tigers President Kenji Ageshio will step down at the end of the season to take responsibility for a string of new coronavirus infections within the team, the Central League club said Friday.

Three Tigers players tested positive for the virus in March, when teams were practicing without a clear idea of when the postponed season would actually start. Pitcher Shintaro Fujinami ate with a large group at a friends’ house after a minor league practice game.

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