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Fans submit petition for Bobby V

Updated: June 15, 2009, 8:06 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Fans supporting Bobby Valentine submitted a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the head office of the Chiba Lotte Marines on Monday in a bid to keep the American on as manager beyond the 2009 Japanese baseball season.

Valentine, in his seventh season as manager of the Pacific League team, has been told his contract will not be renewed at the end of the season.

"It's an honor to have people care about me," Valentine said Monday. "The fans in Chiba are passionately ...

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