With their loss against the Chunichi Dragons today, the Bay Stars are guaranteed a last place finish.
Said Takao Obana on his first season, "I'm very sorry [about the season]. I'd like focus on the things we need to address from here on out. I think it's necessary for us to increase our level of fielding and hitting."
UPDATE: This also means the Hiroshima Carp are guaranteed to finish in 5th.