"It was just about
the time that Chiba Lotte Marines acting owner Akio Shigemitsu declared that Bobby Valentine could run his team "for life" that things began to go sour
....Shigemitsu began talking about a lifetime extension of Valentine's contract. Valentine's supporters boasted that he was headed for the Japanese Hall of Fame.
- But then the roof began to fall in."...
from Japan Times, first in 4 part series, "Clandestine campaign led to
Valentine's demise," by Robert Whiting, 1/17/10, via BTF