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Yomiuri may bite the Hara bullet

Toshikazu Yamaguchi, the Giants’ “owner,” issued a statement after DeNA’s victory Friday that consigned Yomiuri to consecutive fourth-place finishes that tells you two things about Yomiuri: The organization feels the pennant belongs to them each and every year, and changing managers is really, really painful.

“This is extremely frustrating,” Yamaguchi said. “We came into this season intent on recapturing the pennant (for the first time since 2020), but couldn’t stay in championship contention. That point makes this a season that deserves an apology to the fans.”

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Curmudgeon Corner

One of Japanese baseball’s most infamous hard-ass managers, Tatsuro Hirooka, let loose on his old team, the Yomiuri Giants in a Shukan Baseball column. He wrote this last Monday, a day after they finished being swept in two straight series by the Yakult Swallows and Hiroshima Carp and before four losses over five winless games awaited them.

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