Lotte Marines

The Marines franchise won the first Pacific League championship and Japan Series in 1950. In 2005, Bobby Valentine became the first American manager to win a Japan Series. The club also saw a civil war that would put the movie "Major League" to shame as the front office sabotaged the 2009 season in an effort to get Valentine to quit. The Marines are famous for their innovative supporters' chants and rituals. The team displays a No. 26 shirt at its games to represent the fans. No word on whether with 26 players allowed on the bench for 2020 whether the fans will get a new number or not.

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