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Yankees hire Jim Hendry as special assistant

Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:38 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 3:36 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Jim Hendry was the Cubs' general manager from 2002 until last August. He was notified he would be fired last July, but stayed on until late August to aid in the transition. He wasn't unemployed for long, however, because the Yankees have hired Hendry as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned. The news was first reported by ESPN Chicago.

Hendry, 56, led the Cubs to three NL Central championships (2003, 2007, 2008), but the latter two teams were swept in the NLDS and Hendry left the cupboard pretty bare for the new Cubs administration, headed up by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

Hendry started working for the Cubs in 1995 and there aren't many people in the business who dislike him as a person. He's also known to have a very strong work ethic.

It's possible this job will be a stepping stone for Hendry getting another shot at GM, as Kevin Towers was fired from being the Padres' GM post in 2009 and took a similar position with Cashman and the Yankees. Towers was then hired as the Diamondbacks' GM, his current job.

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Comments

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:50 am
 

Yankees hire Jim Hendry as special assistant

I couldn't have said it better on why it is always helpful to hire a former GM.  Only wish it was a better choice



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Yankees hire Jim Hendry as special assistant

This might be the area of baseball least understood by fans. Having a former GM as a special assistant brings Cashman another perspective on talent - especially talent from the National League. It provides a sounding board. And it aids contacts for scouting young players. The point is that the big clubs such as the Yankees not only overspend on players but on talent acquisition personnel as well. Hendry is not going to lose his house on his Yankee salary. The Yankees can afford to add extra layers (perhaps few visible) to their organization to maximize their opportunities to add compatible talent. Scouting, teaching, developing, coaching - mostly at the minor level - all operate below the national radar and seem critical to the success that the Yankees have enjoyed. Of course spending over $200 million a year on players helps as well.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Yankees hire Jim Hendry as special assistant

  Another shrewed move by Cashman.    Hiring someone who has built up the Cubbies dynasty can only be described as "Brilliant".



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Yankees hire Jim Hendry as special assistant

Lookout Yankee fans, he might try to get Zambrano!



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Report: Yankees hire Jim Hendry

Can I get a job as Special Assistant, please? Anybody?


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