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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Japanese team won’t extend Valentine’s contract after 2009

It’s a wrap…

The Chiba Lotte Marines have decided not to offer Bobby Valentine a contract extension after his current four-year deal expires at the end of 2009 season, the former New York Mets manager said Sunday.

“They just wanted to go in a different direction,” said Valentine. “They wanted to change things and I certainly understand that.”

The 58-year-old Valentine guided the Marines to the franchise’s first Japan Series championship in 31 years in 2005 and became a fan favorite, but the team missed the playoffs with a fourth-place finish this season.

Repoz Posted: December 21, 2008 at 11:02 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. rudy Posted: December 21, 2008 at 11:45 PM (#3035464)
It's ok...we'll always have the Zen of Bobby V
   2. Tripon Posted: December 22, 2008 at 05:09 AM (#3035643)
Say hello to the Yankees manager after 2009.
   3. Cuban X Senators Posted: December 22, 2008 at 02:52 PM (#3035756)
Of all the candidates shown in the papers, only one puzzles me. Anybody have any idea who the guy with the lens-less glasses, the bulbous nose & the funny little mustache is?
   4. JoeHova Posted: December 22, 2008 at 02:56 PM (#3035763)
Wait, so he already knows he'll be gone after 2009 but they are still bringing him back? That's interesting, people in US sports abhor "lame-duck" managers/coaches, to the extent that most teams will give a contract extension to a guy they know they are likely going to fire in order to avoid that situation. Maybe Japanese teams don't worry as much about the power balance between players and coaches.

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