Fans gather 100,000 signatures

Updated: June 12, 2009, 11:09 AM ET
Associated Press

CHIBA, Japan -- Fans supporting Bobby Valentine have gathered 100,000 signatures on a petition seeking to keep the American as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines beyond the 2009 Japanese baseball season.

The group said in a news release Friday it will submit the petition at the head offices of the Marines on Monday.

The signatures were gathered outside Lotte's home stadium in Chiba, where Marines fans have been holding demonstrations in support of the popular former New York Mets manager.

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