Baseball: Hanshin skipper Yano to resign at end of season

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Hanshin Tigers manager Akihiro Yano said Monday he will step down from his role at the end of the upcoming season.

The 53-year-old former farm team manager steered the Tigers to third in his first season in charge in 2019, a year after the team finished last in the six-team Central League. Hanshin came second in 2020 and 2021.

"I'm intent on resigning after this season. I've told my players too," Yano told an online press conference a day before the start of their spring camp in Okinawa Prefecture.

Hanshin last year looked headed for its first CL title since 2005 following a strong start to the season but ran out of steam in the second half and eventually lost the pennant to the Yakult Swallows by falling .005 short in winning percentage.