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Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Hendry's fate was decided in July

Tom RickettsBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs announced the firing of Jim Hendry today, but the decision was made July 22 and Hendry had been working as the ex-general manager for nearly a month.

"At the moment I decided we needed to make a change, I thought the right thing to do was to let him know," Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said in a press conference at Wrigley Field on Friday. "In that conversation I said we had work to do, we had a good draft, we had a great draft, and we had to make sure those players went from that trade board to the our organization and we had a trade deadline coming up. We needed someone to get through those hurdles."

Besides getting rid of outfielder Kosuke Fukudome at the deadline, Hendry didn't do anything else at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

This week, however, the team did spend $12 million in signing bonuses to its draft picks including $2.662 million to first-round pick Javier Baez, an infielder and $2.5 million to 14th-rounder Dillon Maples, a right-handed pitcher, who had a scholarship to kick at North Carolina and had demanded at least $3.5 million going into the draft. The team also signed the sons of two well-known athletes, outfielder Shawon Dunston, the son of the team's former shortstop, and first baseman Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

Although a decision had been made before the deadline, it seemed odd that the team would keep Hendry on. Ricketts said it didn't influence Hendry's decisions at the deadline, however the lack of moves may show otherwise.

"He never missed a beat," Ricketts said. "It's a credit to his character that we were able to operate the way we did and get the job done," Ricketts said. "We had the trade deadline coming up and I didn't think it made any sense to change horses mid-stream."

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 11:55 am
 

Hendry out as Cubs' GM

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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Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Report: Cubs GM Hendry's job safe

By Evan Brunell

As the grand architect of Cubs teams since mid-2002, Jim Hendry has been responsible for what has gone right (making it to the NLCS in 2003) and what's gone wrong (everything since then). Hendry has been responsible for trading away valued commodities, overpaying players to take the field as a Cub and, only occasionally, pulling off an impressive move to gain accolades. While Hendry hasn't been responsible for everything that's occured in Chicago -- or even some of these dumb, massive contracts -- he still bears responsibility for the performance of the team for almost an entire decade's worth of Cubs futility.

Thanks to Hendry's moves, not only are the Cubs solidly losers, but you can't even call them lovable. How can you love teams full of struggling, overpaid stars who throw temper tantrums? The latest incident with Carlos Zambrano has illustrated just how dysfunctional the club and player are, and while Big Z may have stamped his ticket out of town, unfortunately, Jim Hendry has not, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Nightengale cautions that things can always change, but as it istands, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts does not intend to depose Hendry.

Frankly, at this point, any retention of Hendry defies logic and we've written about it plenty that there's no reason to rehash things. Instead, I direct you to Matt Snyder's piece about Hendry's (lack of) moves at the trade deadline as a clear indication that the GM's time in Chicago has run its course. Don't forget to check out Scott Miller's piece on the Cubs's mishandling of Zambrano, a symptom of their perpetual personnel problems.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Jones says 'no hard feelings' against Zambrano

Chipper JonesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Chipper Jones wasn't surprised Friday night when Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano threw at him following Dan Uggla's second home run of the game.

"There's no hard feelings," Jones told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Carlos has a tendency to runs  little hot and you can tell that he was frustrated. I sort of had an inkling that it was coming."

Zambrano was ejected immediately after his third pitch of the at-bat nearly hit Jones. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry apologized to Jones and admonished his pitcher after the team put him on the disqualified list. Jones said he appreciated the apology.

"I like Carlos. I've always liked Carlos," Jones said. "He's an intense competitor and he's one of those guys that comes out of the bullpen breathing fire and that's what you like if he's on your club. Unfortunately sometimes it works against him and last night was another in a long line of situations where it got away from him."

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Dempster on Zambrano: 'He's made his bed'

Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Pretty much everyone who saw the video of Carlos Zambrano's noticed that when the Braves came out of the dugout looking for a fight, none of the Cubs came out to defend Zambrano. They didn't start on Saturday.

Before Saturday's game in Atlanta, several Cubs said Zambrano's actions were over the line.

"He's been doing a lot of things, not once or twice, he's got think a little bit more," Alfonso Soriano told reporters, including Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. "He's a big man, but mentally he's weak."

Soriano confronted Zambrano before the pitcher packed his bags and left on Friday, a source told CBSSports.com.

Fellow starter Ryan Dempster, who has been with the Cubs since 2004, said he didn't think Zambrano would pitch for the Cubs again.

"It's not like it's something new," Dempster told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's been one after another. We've learned to deal with it pretty good."

He added that the team was dealing with it better since Zambrano wasn't at the ballpark on Saturday.

"I think the guys in here are pretty upbeat today," Dempster told the Sun-Times. "He's made his bed; he's got to sleep in it. For us, we'll just go out there and give our best tonight and move forward. The faster you move forward the faster things get better."

Some players told the Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer that they didn't think Zambrano could return to the team.

"I think he needs to find some guy to talk to him, because he's got a problem," Soriano told Wittenmyer. "A lot of people try to help him, but he doesn't let them help, because that's him."

General manager Jim Hendry, the same man who gave Zambrano a five-year, $91.5 million contract, called Zambrano's actions "intolerable," but said it wasn't out of character.

"We've had other instances of him not being the teammate I would aspire him to be," Hendry told the Tribune. "And certainly not all of that is public (though much of it is). You can tell by the sanction we're trying to enforce that it's not tolerated, and it's not right for the other 24. It's just totally uncalled for."

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Cubs place Zambrano on disqualified list

Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs have placed Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list, meaning he will have 30 days without pay and cannot be with the team, the team announced.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told the Chicago Tribune that he found Zambrano's actions "intolerable." Although Hendry said he hasn't talked to Zambrano, he did talk to his agent who told him Zambrano was "not in the retirement mode."

During the 30 days, the team and the Players' Association will discuss Zambrano's situation. 

That means he would rather not give up the more than $20 million owed to him by the club. Zambrano had reportedly told people he was going to retire after he was ejected from Friday's game for throwing at Chipper Jones and then packing his bags and leaving before the end of the game.

Hendry said he apologized to Braves general manager Frank Wren for spoiling the night dedicated to honoring former Braves manager Bobby Cox.

The team could call up Triple-A starter Casey Coleman to take Zambrano's place in the rotation.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Cubs GM ready to call Zambrano's retirement bluff

Carlos ZambranoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos Zambrano is again threatening retirement, and apparently the Cubs hope he follows through.

"We will respect his wishes and honor them and move forward," general manager Jim Hendry told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

It's a wonder he could get that out with a straight face and without giggling -- Zambrano leaving under his own accord could allow Hendry to have done what he couldn't do himself, get rid of the albatross in his clubhouse and on his payroll.

The Cubs have been in contact with Zambrano's agent, Barry Praver, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Sullivan reports Zambrano has not yet filed retirement papers, but if the matter isn't resolved by this afternoon, the team will place Zambrano on the restricted list. 

Manager Mike Quade was also unhappy with Zambrano, who cleaned out his locker and talked about retirement after being ejected in the fifth inning of Friday's loss to the Braves for throwing at Chipper Jones.

By the time the media was allowed in the clubhouse, not only was Zambrano and his stuff gone, so too was even the nameplate on his locker.

"He walked out on 24 guys that are battling their ass off for him," Quade told reporters after the game, including Wittenmyer. "I don't know where he's gone or what he's doing. I heard he's talking about retiring. I can't have a guy walking out on 24 guys, that's for damn sure."

Zambrano has one year worth $18 million left on his contract and a no-trade clause.

Last year the Cubs stood by Zambrano (in no small part because of the amount of money left on his contract) after he started a fight in the dugout with Derrek Lee and was sent to anger-management counseling and even welcomed back. This season he'd pitched better, but still grumbled about the team this year, calling it a "Triple-A team," but at least including himself in that rant.

On Friday, though, he may have burned his last bridge. Or, with the thought of giving up more than $20 million left for this season and next, he'll come back and the Cubs will accept him because they have very little choice not to. Either way, it's going to be interesting this afternoon when Cubs players start filing into the clubhouse at Turner Field for the 7:10 p.m. game against the Braves. There will certainly be a few people hoping Zambrano doesn't walk through the door and isn't in the dugout come gametime.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Pepper: Cubs stumble with Colvin benching

Colvin
By Evan Brunell

TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY: OK, let me get this straight.

First, GM Jim Hendry somehow avoids making any trade of significance to help the Cubs moving forward in a futile attempt to keep the team relevant. Now, he and manager Mike Quade are not even playing one such person that could have a big impact next season?

The only Cubs deal at the deadline saw outfielder Kosuke Fukudome head to the Indians, freeing up right field for Tyler Colvin. Colvin hasn't impressed in the majors this season, but has been coming off the bench for the most part, also struggling in Triple-A. Still, he's a year removed from 20 home runs.

"The most important thing was that Tyler had to play," Hendry said of the Fukudome trade. "We saw the Tyler last year, and the Tyler this year wasn't quite the same. He went down to Iowa and worked hard, and it looks like he's made some progress and he deserves to play the rest of the way.

"And we need to find out whether he's an everyday guy or not by the end of this year. No matter how you slice it, the outfield situation, just like a few other (positions) will have to be addressed in the offseason."

Great. Except Colvin hasn't been in the lineup for two straight games. Quade seems to believe Colvin will get plenty of playing time the rest of the way, but if he's benching the 25-year-old to get Reed Johnson -- an aging, backup player -- more at-bats, Quade has the wrong idea here. (Chicago Tribune)

STAYING IN SAN DIEGO: Heath Bell says that he will take an offer of arbitration if the Padres offer it after the season, as that's how important it is to him to stay in town. This could complicate things for San Diego, who didn't deal the closer at the deadline for two reasons -- the possibility of signing Bell to a hometown-discount extension, as well as the chance to get two compensatory picks should the two sides be unable to agree on a new contract. Now, it seems San Diego may have erred in keeping Bell if they will have no choice but to retain him. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS: The Giants definitely are not spelling bee champions, even if they remain the reigning World Series champions. Check out this amusing photo snapped that shows the spelling prowess of those on the team. (BayBridgeBaseball.com)

NEW AGENT: When Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was posted last offseason, the A's won the bidding but talks quickly broke down when Iwakuma's agent asked for an exorbitant amount to sign and accused the A's of not showing any respect. Well, Iwakuma's taking no chances this time around and has hired Paul Cobbe of Sosnick-Cobbe Sports to be his new agent. Expect him stateside in 2012. (ESPN)

KEMP DOMINATION: How amazing has Matt Kemp been this year? How important is he to the Dodgers? Let Anthony Jackson tell you: "Kemp has hit 36 percent of Dodgers HRs, has 22 percent of their RBIs and 35 percent of their stolen bases. Only other player in past 100 years to have 30/20/30 percent of his team's total in those three categories over a full season was Hank Aaron, '63 Braves." Lofty company. (ESPN Los Angeles on Twitter)

COWBOYS FAN: When Mike Adams was traded to the Rangers, everyone knew that he was a Texas homeboy. But what people didn't know is he had a Cowboys jersey ready to go in the Padres clubhouse as he had worn it earlier in the week. Miles Austin, the player's jersey that Adams is wearing, said he will go out and purchase an Adams jersey. "It's a great feeling when anyone from any profession, especially baseball, [wears your jersey]," Austin said. "That's America's pastime. I used to play baseball, but I ended up not being able to hit the curveball when I hit the eighth grade." (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)

STEWART ALMOST DEALT: The Rockies thought they had a deal for third baseman Ian Stewart with another National League team (the Pirates, I'm guessing) but talks fell apart with a half-hour to go. (Denver Post)

INJURIES ON THE RISE: Major League Baseball injuries are on the rise, the American Journal of Sports Medicine details in its latest study. You would think this is odd given how treatment of injuries and physical conditioning have improved over the years. Is there a concerning trend? Maybe, but you can't draw conclusions from this as Hardball Talk notes. After all, these days players aren't asked to, for the most part, play through their injuries. Plus, the advent of technology has improved diagnosing injuries. (Hardball Talk)

DONUT: Hey Hunter, you're supposed to take the donut off the bat before you step to the plate. (Mocksession GIF)

SMALL STEPS: Former Red Sox top prospect Ryan Westmoreland is gearing up to face live pitching for the first time since his brain surgery over a year ago. It's a major step forward, and Westmoreland doesn't care how he performs. Just that he's finally facing a pitcher. (Providence Journal)

MAJOR-LEAGUE EXPERIENCE: The Nationals have the right idea, promoting Ross Detwiler to the rotation on Thursday. The club wants to give all their young starting pitchers as much experience as possible. Brad Peacock and Tom Milone will also get long looks. Some room in the rotation will be made by the exiting Jordan Zimmermann, who has about four starts left before he reaches his innings limit. (Washington Post)

HITS PER NINE INNINGS: Here's an interesting look in the leaders in hits per nine innings. Obviously, the leaders in this category are all solid pitchers, anchored by Nolan Ryan in the top spot. (Beyond the Boxscore)

TORN: Freddy Sanchez will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. You won't see him again this season. (Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area)

KISS CAM: At the Reds game, a fan got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend on the kiss cam. Problem: he fished the ring out from his fanny pack. So many comments to make... (MLB.com)

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