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Report: Cubs GM Hendry's job safe

Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 5:19 pm
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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Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:24 am

Report: Cubs GM Hendry's job safe

What has he done since getting Rich Harden at the trade deadline three years ago? 

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:59 pm


Growing up in Mississippi, there were only two teams, thank you TBS and WGN, we could follow on television regularly, the Braves and the Cubs. This is kind of ironic since the GMs of the two clubs couldn't be more different. If the two teams were to meet in the NLCS, I would squarely root for the Cubs. However, I have far more respect for the Braves as an organization. They have a ton of talent in the minors, get loads of production out of their current players, a winning record year after year (not to mention their epic playoff run), and they don't even have that high of a payroll. How does all of this come about? Not by accident. It's simply good management. Which is what has been missing from the Cubs for a long, long time. Hendry may be the worst though. In the past, bad management would simply result in one losing season. Now it can result in an entire decade lost. The moves he has made will continue to haunt the Cubs for years to come. Why he is allowed to stay is an absolute mystery. Mob connections? Dirty secrets about the owners? Your guess is as good as mine. He is completely inept. Everything he does turns to sh%t. People like to credit him with the Cubs playoff appearances in the early naughts, but I say if not for him, we would have won in those instances, and we wouldn't be crippled now. I wouldn't trust him with a friggin' little league team.

Listen to me Ricketts. You need to fire this man, or he will bankrupt your family. Look at what has happened with the Mets and the Dodgers. Unless you take action, the Cubs are next. People will NOT always flock to Wrigley, great as it is. If you fire Hendry, you will have all of Cubs nation behind you. You can signal the turnaround of one of the most classic franchises in baseball's history. You will never have to pay for a meal in Chicago again. ALL OF THIS, however, depends on you firing Jim Hendry! So what are you waiting for? Give the fans what they want.




Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:14 pm


This joke of a man has had more than enough opportunity to put a decent club together. He has failed miserably. He should not hold a job anywhere in baseball.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:32 pm

Report: Cubs GM Hendry's job safe

Tom Ricketts needs to get a solid proven baseball team president to run the team for him. Get rid of Hendry and probably Quade too. Hopefully Zambrano files his retirement papers so they can get out of having to pay him the $19 miilion next year. If those things happen, it will be a good start in the right direction. Unfortunately they will be stuck with Soriano for the next few years.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:13 pm

Report: Cubs GM Hendry's job safe

Jim Hendry has no idea how to run a ballclub. Yes, he has proven that he knows how to run it into the ground, but I do not think that is what ownership and Cubs fans had in mind. He has not done much to develop minor league talent. I remember a few years ago when the A's traded Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin for Sean Gallagher, Josh Donaldson, Matt Murton and Eric Patterson. Only Donaldson is still in the A's system and there are no indications that he will jump to the majors anytime soon. So basically, the A's traded Harden and Gaudin for a bag of beans. That is not a good ROI.....Return On Investment.

As for Zambrano and Soriano.....they did not have many suitors but Hendry ovepraid for them based on what they had done..rather than what they will do in the future. I know bad contracts are a part of baseball, but it seems that Hendry isn't even trying to field a good team. Which brings me back to Ted Lilly. He had his moments, but he is a ".500" pitcher. As for not addressing the closer's role. The Cubs have 3 top notch relievers, but it seems that it's a tossup as to who will close on a given day.  

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:04 pm

Report: Cubs GM Hendry's job safe

First of all, I've been a Cubs fan my entire life, and was born and grew up on the north side of the city and in the north suburbs. This is why the Cubs will continue to be the losers they are and play in front of thousands of empty seats at Wrigley Field. It's also why a rich dude shouldn't buy a team as a plaything for his idiot kids to run into the ground. God, I wish Mark Cuban owned the team. The new owners are morons. Hope they lose millions every year like the Tribune company did.

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