A recent leak of meeting minutes from a meeting on the 7th is generating a lot of bad press for team management. Just a day after team owner Akio Shigemitsu denied that management had any internal discussions about moving the team, club president Ryozo Setoyama admitted that a top brass member mentioned something about moving the team at the meeting. Setoyama wouldn't provide any further information on the matter, saying that the issue was sent to company headquarters and that it was being looked into.
Now, how did the leak happen?
A document containing meeting minutes was apparently faxed to a number of media outlets. The fax was on company letterhead and the personnel listed as being in attendance was also correct. There seems to be a good chance that the document was faxed by someone from within the organization.
Here are the two quotes that are said to belong to Setoyama from the faxed meeting minutes document:
Regarding the fans in the right field stands that are pro-Valentine:
Ownership said we should think about changing locations if they're going to damage our image. It's just a bunch of stupid Chiba fans anyway.
Regarding Bobby Valentine:
We need to think about when he let go Bobby Valentine. ... He hasn't given us any good results this season.
Setoyama continues to deny that he said any of the comments attributed to him in the meeting minutes. Said Setoyama, "You've got to be kidding. It's the first time I've seen it today. This is a fake. Besides, there's no such thing is making meeting minutes publicly available."
And he continued, "Questionable documents like this have come out before. I've even received death threats at home and have had to move because of it. Am I making accusations? I have no comment until headquarters conducts it's internal investigation."
Perhaps the Marines are now regretting how they decided to handle Bobby Valentine's last season as manager.