I was about to call it a night when another headline caught my attention.
Apparently, Bobby Valentine was asked to resign.
"I was asked by someone in the front office to resign. ... On the (19th) of July. I thought everybody knew about that. It seemed everybody knew about that. All my coaches knew, all the minor league knows, I figured the press would know too."
Team owner Takeo Shigemitsu (重光武雄) has apparently asked Valentine to stay with the team. However, it appears as though Valentine won't be interested in a one-year contract.
"But if all that I am being offered is a one-year contract and then they want me to leave after that year, or they want me to leave after this year, then I'll try to do something else. Of course I'll repeat it again, I would love to stay here for a very long time."
Valentine's name has been mentioned, along with others, as a potential candidate to replace Senichi Hoshino (星野仙一) as manager of Team Japan for the World Baseball Classic next year.
I, for one, hope he decides to stay. Whether that's as manager of the Lotte Marines, or some other team, it doesn't really matter. IMHO, I think he's done a lot of good for the game of baseball in Japan. The fact that his name is even mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Hoshino goes to show you just how much respect the man has over here.
The Japan Times - Valentine: Marines official asked me to resign in late July