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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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Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:03 pm

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Hendry was a terrible GM that's for sure but can you 100% fault him for the signings?  I mean doesn't the actually owner (Ricketts) have the final say on who they sign?  Ridiculous signings aside, you also have the fault the players for not stepping up their games as well.  Perhaps this will spark something for the Cubs!

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:03 pm

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

FINALLY!! I guess it is better late than never! The Ricketts family should of cleaned house a long time ago (like the blackhawks did). Hopefully it does not stop with Hendry.

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:57 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:53 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Finally the Ricketts have made a move that makes baseball sense.  No more updating the bathrooms or getting different food at the concesssion stands.  Now go out and hire someone who will fix the mess Hendry is leaving behind.  No more old school baseball guys please!

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:52 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

 A very unproductive ten years.    If I was as unproductive at my job,  I would have been fired in 2003.     
Mr Hendry,  it is so very obvious that you have no conscience as well as no basbeall acumen. 

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:47 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Didn't they want to see if he could do something silly for the hot stove 2011 season before he left????  Congrats Cubs have been liberated.......8)

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:46 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

They weren't offering Sandberg the GM job. 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:46 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM


Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:45 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

It's about time.  It would be great if the Cubs could bring in someone like Pat Gillick.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:41 am

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

Is it too late for the front office to apoligize to Ryne Sandberg and and lure him back?

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