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Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 11:55 am
 
Jim HendryBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs have announced they have fired general manager Jim Hendry. However, during his meeting with the press, Hendry announced the move became official today, but had been told July 22 that he wasn't coming back, but was kept until after the deadline to sign draft picks.

The embattled Cubs general manager had served as the team's general manager since July of 2002.

According to several reports, the Cubs clubhouse was closed before Friday afternoon's game against the Cardinals as Hendry addressed the team.

Asssistant GM Randy Bush will serve as interim general manager.

"My family and I appreciate Jim's dedication during our time with the Cubs and thank him for his overall 17 years of service to the Cubs organization," owner Tom Ricketts said in a press release from the team.  "It is time for a fresh approach in our baseball leadership and our search begins immediately for our next general manager."

Under Hendry, the Cubs went 749-748. He had been with the Cubs since 1994 when he joined the team as director of player development.

Even before Carlos Zambrano's recent meltdown, Hendry was seen as on thin ice with the Cubs. During his tenure, he weighed down the team with hefty contracts to the likes of Zambrano (five years, $91.5 million), Alfonso Soriano (eight years, $136 million), Kosuke Fukudome (four years, $48 million) and Milton Bradley (three years, $30 million), who were overpaid and underproduced. Even this season at the trade deadline, he did unload Fukudome, but was otherwise silent, which sparked this screed from our own Matt Snyder, which sounds odd now considering Hendry said he was handcuffed at the time.

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Comments

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Yes, the Cubs are terrible right now, but you can't say Hendry was that bad.  Anybody remember 2003?  Or the 2008 season?  Man, you guys have short memories.   Thank you Mr. Hendry for your efforts!  You gave Cubs' fans some great memories.



Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Hey lumpoco,

Ron Roenicke took over as manager this year after the team failed to live up to expectations last year. Macha's laid back approach didn't seem to gel with the club during his tenure.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

IT"S ABOUT F@<KING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

I saw Tom Ricketts on a cbs show...something about bosses going undercover to se how bad their employees really are. Hendry should not be fired now. They should have fired him last season. This season is a waste and having a new guy step in does not make any sense. I remember when the Brewers made Dale Sveum their full time manager after he did such a fine job getting the team into the playoffs after the previous manager was fired. Sveum was the interim manager but had done enough to get the job full time for the next season. But then something funny happened. The Brewers were out played in the playoffs and management decided that Sveum wasn't their ext manager after all. But they did ask him to come back and be a coach on the next staff. 

I guess Ken Macha really can manage after all. The Brewers never were so in control of their division until Macha took over. Good for him. 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

FINALLY!!!!  This fat idiot needed to go yeras ago for the terrible contracts and direction he took the Cubs.  The next hire by Ricketts is critical to clean up Hendry`s toxic mess.  Most Cubs fans & Hendry won`t sober up to realize it, but this is a turning point.  Next slob to go is the head case Zambrano.  Clean house Cubs!  Call Ryne Sandberg back.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

This should have been done 2 years ago.



Why did he go get Matt Garza?  I don't care how good matt garza could have pitched, the Cubs were going nowhere.





When your team sucks it's all about rebuilding.  Trade away your assets and collect prospects.  Go super young.




Lee and Ramirez should have been traded 2 years ago when they still had value. 




I bet they could have got something for big z 2 years ago.





Florida Marlins won in 2004 after gutting their team and rebuilding.

Rays got to the world series with great players from their own farm system.







 



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Good now get Lahair up to the Bigs..   He earned his shot.   



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Even before 's recent meltdown, Hendry was seen as on thin ice with the Cubs. During his tenure, he weighed down the team with hefty contracts to the likes of Zambrano (five years, $91.5 million), (eight years, $136 million), (four years, $48 million) and Milton Bradley (three years, $30 million), who were overpaid and underproduced. Even this season at the trade deadline, he did unload Fukudome, but was otherwise silent, which sparked , which sounds odd now considering Hendry said he was handcuffed at the time.
Yep, he went the Omar Minaya way. That never works, unless you're the Yankees who can spend their way out of bad deals. He also made the huge error of not hiring Sandberg and bringing back a manager who obviously is clueless.




Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

He looks like one happy person in that picture. is that was his face always looks like? 



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:43 pm
 

one last bad call by Hendry

Rumor has it that Hendry gave $10 million to some guys to move him out of his office, and the guys proceeded to do a terrible job and then get hurt.


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